University of Kansas

January 7, 2014

Kansas-Oklahoma basketball preview

Kansas opens the Big 12 basketball season Wednesday at Oklahoma. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. and air on ESPN2.

6 Wednesday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.


ESPN2; KCSP (610 AM)

• ABOUT KANSAS (9-4, 0-0 Big 12) :

The Jayhawks begin their quest for a 10th straight Big 12 title on the road. After its offense trended upward for most of the last month, Kansas took a step back Sunday in its loss to San Diego State, shooting 29.8 percent from the floor. Sophomore forward Perry Ellis had just four points on one-of-eight shooting, and his production has become crucial. In Kansas’ nine victories, Ellis is averaging 15.7 points per game; in KU’s four losses, he’s scoring just 7.2 points per game. … On defense, Kansas has kept its opponents under 40-percent shooting every season since Bill Self arrived at KU. This year, opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. … Andrew Wiggins’ 15.8 points per game leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring. The Jayhawks lost at Oklahoma last season, falling 72-66 in the final game of a three-game losing streak in conference play.

• ABOUT OKLAHOMA (12-2, 1-0 Big 12):

The Sooners began the Big 12 season with an 88-85 victory at Texas on Saturday. Oklahoma made 13 of 28 from three-point range and 21 of 26 from the free-throw line. … In his third season at Oklahoma, Lon Kruger is guiding an offense that averages 87.3 points per game, the nation’s fifth-highest scoring attack. Leading scorer Cameron Clark is shooting 47 percent (18 for 38) from three-point range, while sophomore Buddy Hield is hitting 36 percent (27 for 74). … Oklahoma lives and dies with its jump shots. The Sooners’ defensive efficiency ranks 178th in the country, according to … The Sooners are 7-1 at home, with their only loss coming against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 30. Last season, Oklahoma reached the NCAA Tournament, losing to San Diego State in its opening game.


Kansas has won 22 straight conference openers, with its last loss coming at Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 1991. With an upcoming stretch that includes four straight games against ranked opponents — K-State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor — the Jayhawks need to find a way to escape Norman with a victory.


P No. Kansas Ht. Yr. PPG
F 34 Perry Ellis 6-8 So. 13.2
C 21 Joel Embiid 7-0 Fr. 10.8
G 22 Andrew Wiggins 6-8 Fr. 15.8
G 1 Wayne Selden 6-5 Fr. 8.5
G 10 Naadir Tharpe 5-11 Jr. 7.6
P No. Oklahoma Ht. Yr. PPG
F 0 Ryan Spangler 6-8 So. 11.0
G 21 Cameron Clark 6-7 Sr. 17.7
G 11 Isaiah Cousins 6-4 So. 10.9
G 24 Buddy Hield 6-4 So. 16.3
G 10 Jordan Woodard 6-0 Fr. 12.2

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