After consecutive games played within the borders of the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Sooners finally return “home” to face the Creighton Bluejays out of the Big East. If you’re still on the fence about attending, OU is providing some incentives.
Remember to #ArriveSooner and #BeTheDifference vs. Creighton...— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) December 18, 2018
Giving away 2 Bowl tix
Kids Zone ornament station
FREE OU student
Oklahoma (9-1) vs. Creighton (7-3): 8 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center
Commentary: Anish Shroff and Bryndon Manzer
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa), Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing
Line: Oklahoma -6.5 (as of 3 p.m. CT)
- The Bluejays are 7-3 with losses to Ohio State, Gonzaga and Nebraska — all of whom are in the AP’s top 25. Their KenPom strength of schedule ranking is No. 44 out of 353 schools.
- Creighton is shooting 44.8 percent from beyond the arc, which is good for the No. 1 percentage in the country.
- Sophomore guard Ty-Shon Alexander leads the team in scoring (18.2 PPG) and assists (3.4 APG) while also connecting on 34 of his 78 three-point attempts (43.6).
Ty-Shon Alexander is a baller. We all need to start paying more attention to him. pic.twitter.com/qnOU8d9oJC— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) December 1, 2018
Creighton's Ty-Shon Alexander last season: 5.5 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 41.8% FG, 33% 3-PT FG. THIS SEASON: 18.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.4 APG, 46.9% FG, 43.6% 3-PT FG. Kid is a stud.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 18, 2018
- Three-point defense - By percentage, the best three-point shooting team OU has faced this season has been Wisconsin (40.2, 16th nationally). The Badgers, of course, sunk 14 of their 22 deep attempts vs. the Sooners on a day in which OU suffered fairly frequent perimeter breakdowns. Since then, Oklahoma has allowed none of its opponents shoot over 30 percent from beyond the arc. As I mentioned earlier, the ‘Jays are No. 1 in this area, so the perimeter D will be put to the test more than ever tonight.
- Miles Reynolds on a roll - The grad transfer guard has reached double figures in four of OU’s past five games, culminating in a 20-point effort against USC. He’s now actually second on the team in scoring average (10.7 PPG), and he’s accomplished this in part by getting to the free-throw line more frequently than anyone on the roster (5.7 attempts per game).
- Jamuni McNeace - Oklahoma’s typical starting center came off the bench against USC after missing two contests with an ankle injury. He ended up playing 14 minutes this past Saturday, scoring two points and adding three boards. With a fairly short break between games, it’ll be interesting to see how many minutes he gets this evening.
- Christian James keeps cleaning up on the glass - After not reaching the double-double mark in his first 104 games at Oklahoma, Christian James has done it in three consecutive outings. According to OU, James was only the second Sooner guard since at least 1996 to score at least 15 points and grab 15 rebounds when he put together a 16 and 15 effort against USC.