MEN'S BB: Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Preview

Bobby Knight won't be making any history at Lloyd Noble on Saturday - at least not the kind that involves the number 900. Knight got his 900th career victory on Wednesday against Texas Tech. He'll be looking for 901 on Saturday. More importantly for Oklahoma, the Sooners will be looking for No. 1 when the teams play - their first Big XII victory, that is.

One thing's for certain: Bobby Knight won't be reaching any coaching milestones at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday afternoon.

Oklahoma (12-5, 0-2) will be looking for its first conference win when it hosts Texas Tech (10-6, 1-1) at 3 p.m.

It was expected that Knight would be looking for career win No. 900 at the same time, but he got it somewhat unexpectedly on Wednesday when his Red Raiders upset No. 10 Texas A&M in Lubbock.

Now Oklahoma will have to attempt to keep his win total at the even number while looking to end a two-game skid of its own.

Oklahoma has opened Big XII play with losses last Saturday at home to Kansas State, then on Monday at Kansas. In the latter, the Sooners also lost their best player, freshman forward Blake Griffin, to a knee injury.

Griffin, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, is expected to miss four weeks, leaving an already strained Sooner frontcourt further depleted.

Expecting to fill Blake Griffin's role in the starting lineup is his older brother, junior Taylor Griffin. He'll be joined in the frontcourt by center Longar Longar.

Their counterparts will be 6-foot-8 junior forward Damir Sulijagic and 7-foot senior center Esmir Rizvic. They combine to score just 7.4 points and grab 5.9 boards an outing.

The Red Raiders' main scoring threats are on the outside, led by senior guard Martin Zeno (16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds). Junior Alan Voskuil (12.4 points) and freshman John Roberson (11.6) are also big contributors.

Tech comes in having won four of its last five with the loss being a 19-point blowout last Saturday at Oklahoma State.

Tech shoots .480 from the field and .393 from 3-point range, both in the top third of the Big XII. Voskuil leads the Big XII in 3-point shooting percentage at .532 (34-of-59).

This will be the 42nd meeting between the two teams. OU holds a 25-16 advantage, including 15-5 in Norman.

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel was 1-1 against Tech in his first season last year.

Note: Stacey King, Oklahoma's No. 5 all-time scorer, will be at Lloyd Noble Center to see his No. 33 jersey honored at halftime of Saturday's game. King, who will serve as the game's TV color analyst for ESPN Plus, starred for the Sooners from the 1985-86 through 1988-89 seasons. The left-handed center from Lawton, Okla., helped OU to the 1988 national championship game as a junior and was named Big Eight Player of the Year as a senior.

Playing under head coach Billy Tubbs, King finished his career by averaging 17.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots over his 114 games. As a senior, he averaged 26.0 points, 10.1 boards and 2.3 rejections. He is also OU's postseason leader in games played (12), points (246), scoring average (20.5) and rebounds (93). King was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and went on to win three world championships with the franchise.

King will join Wayman Tisdale, Alvan Adams and Mookie Blaylock as former Sooners to have their jerseys honored.

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