NO. 12 OKLAHOMA HOSTS BAYLOR WITH THE BIG 12 RACE IN FULL SWING
After losing a tough, physical game to West Virginia on Jan. 6, the Sooners have gone 3-3 since to drop to 15-5 on the season. No. 12 Oklahoma was last in action on Saturday against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the Crimson Tide held Trae Young to his second lowest scoring total of the season while handing Kruger’s bunch its fourth consecutive loss away from Norman.
They return home tonight, and return to Big 12 play from a weekend hiatus to face Baylor. Oklahoma is right in the thick of the Big 12 race, and can keep breathing down the backs of Kansas with a win against the Bears.
WHEN: 8:00 PM CST
WHERE: Norman, Okla.
TV: ESPN 2
LISTEN: 107.7 The Franchise OKC; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
Away from Norman, the Sooners are only 5-5 this season. However, inside the Lloyd Noble Center, Oklahoma is 10-0. Going back to last season, they are tied for the longest home-winning streak in the Big 12 at 13.
While Oklahoma has struggled away from Norman as a team, so has two of their main scorers. Christian James is shooting 39% from the floor, including 27% shooting from behind the three. Brady Manek is also shooting 40% from the floor away from the Lloyd Noble Center, including 28% from three. At home? James is shooting 52% FG-and-41% 3FG, and Manek is shooting 63% FG-and-59% 3FG.
IMPACT OF CHRISTIAN JAMES
Christian James has made the most improvement of anyone on Oklahoma’s team. He has increased his shooting percentages from 36% FG-and-34% 3FG last season to 48% FG-and-39% 3FG this season. James scored in double-figures 11 times last season, but has already scored in double-figures 14 times this season.
When James scores 10-or-more points in a game, the Sooners have a record of 13-1. When he doesn’t, they are 2-4. Every Batman needs a Robin, and Christian James looks to be Trae Young’s.
KANSAS HOLDS A SMALL LEAD IN BIG 12 RACE
No. 7 Kansas went to Manhattan, Kan. and beat their in-state rival Kansas State last night. With a loss, the Jayhawks could have moved into a five-way tie for first place in the Big 12 depending on the outcomes of the mid-week Big 12 games this week. Instead, they still hold a one-game lead over Oklahoma and Texas Tech, and a two-game lead over West Virginia.
The Sooners, Red Raiders, and Mountaineers are tied for second.