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Old 01-02-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default >>>>>>The #1 vs #1 Gameday Thread<<<<<<

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MONDAY'S GAME BASICS
No. 3 Oklahoma hits the road for its first Big 12 road test of the season at No. 2 Kansas on ‘Big Monday’ at 8 p.m. CT inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. OU, which is 12-0 and tied for its best start in 28 years, is in its fifth season under head coach Lon Kruger. The Jayhawks are 12-1 this season (1-0 Big 12) and under the direction of Bill Self, now in his 13th campaign at KU.

Should KU and OU rank No. 1 and 2 when Monday’s AP Poll is released, it would mark the first time since 1990 that AP No. 1 played AP No. 2 with both teams hailing from the Big Eight/Big 12 (No. 1 OU 95, No. 2 KU 77 in Big Eight Tourney semifinals).

ON THE AIR
Monday’s contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KRXO 107.7 FM “The Franchise” in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa) with Toby Rowland and Scott Thompson announcing. The ‘Big Monday’ matchup will be televised by ESPN with Brent Musberger, Dick Vitale and Holly Rowe calling the action.

SCOUTING KANSAS
The Jayhawks rank third in nation in scoring at 88.3 points per game. Kansas is second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.0 percent. KU is also third nationally in scoring margin at +23.3 and fifth in field goal percentage at 51.6 percent.

KU pulls down an average of 37.6 rebounds per game, which helps give the Jayhawks a +5.9 rebounding margin. The Jayhawks also average 18.6 assists, which stands 13th nationally, 8.5 steals and 4.4 blocked shots per contest.

Junior G Wayne Selden Jr. is coming off a 24-point performance against Baylor (1/2) where he was 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Selden leads KU with a 15.5 scoring average which is fifth in the Big 12. He leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 55.4 percent and is second in the conference with 2.8 3-pointers made per game.

Senior F Perry Ellis scored 17 points and had six rebounds against Baylor (1/2) and is averaging 15.2 points per game, which is sixth in the Big 12. Ellis leads KU and is 10th in the league with a 6.2 rebound average.

Junior G Frank Mason III has 28 assists and six turnovers in his last five games. He scores 13.1 points per contest and averages 4.0 rebounds per outing. Mason’s 23 steals are second most on the team behind sophomore G Devonte’ Graham’s 25. Mason is tied for seventh in the Big 12 in steals per game at 1.8 and his 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio is 12th in NCAA Division I. Graham is fifth in the conference at 1.9 steals per game. He averages 10.5 points per contest and is second in the Big 12, sixth nationally, in assist-to-turnover ratio at 5.0.

Senior F Hunter Mickelson (3.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, team-high 19 blocked shots) rounds out the KU starters. He is coming off a seven-point, six-rebound and three-blocked shot performance against Baylor (1/2).

Junior G Brannen Greene is a 3-point specialist who scores 8.9 points per game. He is 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) from beyond the arc this season.

GAMEDAY STORYLINES
SCENE SETTER: No. 3 Oklahoma hits the road for its first Big 12 road test of the season at No. 2 Kansas on ‘Big Monday’ at 8 p.m. CT inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. OU, which is 12-0 and tied for its best start in 28 years, is in its fifth season under head coach Lon Kruger. The Jayhawks are 12-1 this season and under the direction of Bill Self, now in his 13th campaign at KU. Should KU and OU rank No. 1 and 2 when Monday’s AP Poll is released, it would mark the first time since 1990 that AP No. 1 played AP No. 2 with both teams hailing from the Big Eight/Big 12 (No. 1 OU 95, No. 2 KU 77 in Big Eight Tourney semifinals).

SERVING TREYS: OU, one of just three remaining undefeated D-I teams, currently ranks third in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.453) by hitting 121-267 of its shots from downtown this season. Oklahoma’s all-time record for 3-point field goal percentage in a campaign is .414 (1986-87). Five Sooners are averaging at least .425 from beyond the arc, led by Jordan Woodard, who is shooting a blistering .531 (26-49, avg. 2.2 3FGM). OU’s average of 10.1 3-point makes per game ranks first in the Big 12 and 17th nationally.

ON THE OFFENSIVE: The Sooners enter Monday’s game ranked in the top 10 in both scoring offense with 87.0 points per game (sixth) and scoring margin (+19.5, seventh) by holding opponents to just 67.5 points per contest. OU is led in scoring by 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield, who is averaging 24.7 points (fourth nationally, first among players from Power 5 conferences).

THE BUCK(ETS) STOP HERE: OU is once again proving it is an elite team on defense, as 2015-16 opponents have struggled to score on the Sooners. OU ranks No. 9 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.370), including 20th nationally in 3-point field goal defense (.290). On the season, OU foes are just 84-290 from downtown (compared to Oklahoma’s 121-268, .453 3FG% effort).

STEADFAST SOONERS: Oklahoma isn’t short on experience or leadership this season. The quartet of Isaiah Cousins, Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler and Jordan Woodard have each started every game (80 total) for OU the past three seasons, tallying 320 combined starts. With the addition of Khadeem Lattin (12 starts), Oklahoma boasts a starting five with 332 combined career starts.
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