Big 12 Capsule: Oklahoma

Sooners can shoot, but what else can they do well?


Record: 7-6

Strength: Shooting

As expected, the Sooners aren't really great in many areas, but they have shot the ball well from the field. Oklahoma currently ranks 40th in the country in effective field goal percentage, a mark they've achieved by hitting 51.5 percent of their twos (58th in the country) and 38.3 percent of their threes (52nd). Oklahoma's best single category comes in keeping opponents off the offensive glass, only allowing teams to grab 26.3 percent (12th) of available offensive rebounds.

Weakness: Offensive Three Factors

Ken Pomeroy lists four factors as indicators of what a team is doing. They are effective field goal percentage, turnover percentage, offensive rebounding percentage and free throws attempted per field goals attempted. Oklahoma ranks 237-plus in three of those four factors offensively, turning the ball over too much (237th in turnover percentage), failing to grab many offensive rebounds (259th in offensive rebounding percentage) and struggling to get to the line (265th in FTA/FGA). Defensively, the Sooners have allowed teams to shoot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc, the 313th best mark in the country.

Star Player: Andrew Fitzgerald, F

Fitzgerald leads Oklahoma in scoring with 13.8 points per game, and in rebounding with 5.7 boards per game. He's done a nice job by shooting 52.6 percent from the field, has grabbed 31 offensive rebounds and leads the team in steals. That's the good news. The bad news is that the 6-foot-8 post is a non-factor at blocking shots — eight blocks in 13 games — and isn't a great defensive rebounder either. On the defensive boards, he's been out-rebounded this season by a pair of Sooner wings. Then there's the 9-35 assist-to-turnover ratio (not a misprint) and the fact that he has more personal fouls (44) than defensive boards (43 this year).

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