April 25, 2024
NORMAN  Oklahoma will look to remain unbeaten at residence on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it hosts undefeated UNLV on the Lloyd Noble Heart in Norman. The Sooners (6-2) and Girl Rebels (8-0) are each receiving votes within the AP and Coaches polls and each groups gained their respective convention championships final season. 

Saturday’s recreation is OU’s annual vacation recreation that includes the fan favourite Teddy Bear Toss. Followers are invited to carry new plush toys for the toss and through halftime, followers can throw their new plush toys onto the courtroom, which can then be given to native kids in want. The primary 500 followers by way of the doorways will get unique High Daug Ugly Christmas shirts. Plus, there’s $2 popcorn, 12 oz beers and 16 oz sodas out there on the concession stands for followers to take pleasure in.

Doorways to the sector open one hour earlier than tip and the Lloyd Noble Heart’s clear-bag coverage is in impact. Tickets for Saturday are nonetheless out there for buy for $5.

Saturday’s showdown is the second of 4 December residence video games for the Sooners. Following OU’s journey to Charlotte to tackle North Carolina on Dec. 19, the Sooners return to Norman for a gathering with Southern on Dec. 22 and the Large 12 opener vs. UCF on Dec. 30. Tickets to the remaining December residence video games will be bought for $2.

THE STARTING FIVE

  • 5 totally different Sooners rating in double figures, led by Aubrey Joens’ 13.5 PPG. Oklahoma is one in every of two Large 12 groups to submit a handful of gamers that rating 10 factors per recreation and is one in every of two groups nationally to take action amongst squads which have performed eight or extra video games. OU’s balanced assault makes it the one Energy 6 crew within the nation to have 10 gamers common 4.0 PPG. 
      
  • Oklahoma has gained 5 in a row at residence relationship again to final season and has been victorious in 11 of its final 12 at Lloyd Noble Heart. Within the Baranczyk period, OU is 31-6 in Norman, highlighted by an ideal 17-0 document in non-NCAA match non-conference residence video games. The Sooners have solely dropped two video games to unranked groups general in Norman and have gained 18 straight on the LNC vs. groups outdoors the highest 25.
         
  • A win on Saturday would push third-year OU coach Jennie Baranczyk to 250 profession wins (192 at Drake, 58 at OU). Saturday marks Baranczyk’s 364th recreation as a head coach and he or she would attain 250 Division I wins quicker than all however one Large 12 coach as Iowa State HC Invoice Fennelly eclipsed 250 wins in 341 contests. Baranczyk celebrated her two hundredth win on Dec. 7, 2021 vs. Jap Michigan in her ninth recreation because the Oklahoma head coach. 
         
  • If you wish to see high-octane offense, then come to Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners are averaging 86.0 factors per recreation (twelfth NCAA) this season and have posted 90 factors in half (4 of 8) their video games. Guided by a blistering tempo of 82 possessions per recreation (fifth NCAA), the Sooners are one of many nation’s finest and most effective offenses.
        
  • The sport serves as a homecoming for UNLV head coach Lindy La Rocque, who served as a graduate assistant underneath former OU head coach Sherri Coale in 2014 and 2015. Whereas at Oklahoma, La Rocque helped the Sooners to a 39-27 document and two NCAA Match appearances. UNLV Affiliate HC, Roman Owen, is considered one of the best males’s basketball participant in Southwestern Christian (Bethany, Okla.) historical past. Owen was the video coordinator underneath Coale from 2013-15. 

SERIES HISTORY

Saturday’s showdown is the third between the Sooners and Girl Rebels, with the groups splitting the sequence 1-1 thus far. The Sooners gained the newest assembly, a 96-85 win in Las Vegas in 1981. UNLV had knocked off the Sooners the 12 months earlier than in Norman. 

LAST TIME OUT

All 10 Sooners scored and Landry Allen notched her first profession double-double as OU ran away from Grambling State in Norman on Dec. 1, defeating the Girl Tigers 103-69. Oklahoma (6-2) buried 14 3-pointers en path to the second-highest scoring output underneath third-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk to snap a two-game skid and return to the win column.

UP NEXT

The Sooners journey to Charlotte, N.C., for his or her closing non-conference recreation away from Norman on Dec. 19 once they’ll take No. 24 North Carolina on the Jumpman Invitational. The sport suggestions at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and is one in every of OU’s six nationally televised video games.

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