Sooners opens Big 12 Play at Texas Tech
(VR / VR) Oklahoma (11-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Texas Tech (7-4, 0-0 Big 12)
January 2, 2022 / 2:00 p.m. CT / United Supermarkets Arena / Lubbock, Texas
NORMAN – Oklahoma (11-1, 0-0 Big 12) opens Big 12 on Sunday when it travels to Lubbock, TX to face Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena. The Sooners have an eight-game winning streak that includes two wins against NET’s top 25 teams and five combined wins against NET’s top 100 teams. OU’s winning streak is the longest since winning 20 straight games in the 2008-09 season en route to the Final Four.
The game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN + and will air on the Sooner radio network on KOKC 1520 AM and KREF 99.3 FM / 1400 AM with Chris Plank on call.
THE STARTING FIVE
- The Sooners return to the field after an 89-67 victory over Wichita State. A balanced offensive attack saw the Oklahoma starters score 77 points as Skylar Vann, Liz scott, Kennady tucker and Kaley perkins all career record nights recorded in points. First year care Kelbie Washington broke OU’s freshman assists record by handing out 14 cents in the win.
- Under the head coach Jennie baranczyk, Sooners’ powerful offense is one of the best in the country and on its way to being the best in school history. Baranczyk’s side are averaging 89.1 points, good for the second best in the country. The team’s 20.0 assists per game also rank second in the country as four Sooners distribute at least 2.3 assists per game. OU’s 10.0 3 points per game are ninth in Division I as Taylor Robertson’s 4.83 makes per game the country’s deep lead.
- Assisted by the Sooners, the Big 12 Conference hold a combined record of 83-23 after a non-conference game. The league’s 0.783% winning percentage is the nation’s second-best for a conference. The Big 12’s average NET ranking of 47.4 is also good for second place nationally and the Sooners sit 36th in the latest ranking.
- OU’s 11-1 start to the season is its best start since the 2006-07 season when OU opened the year 17-1 en route to a Big 12 championship. The team is having its best start at home (7- 0) since winning a dozen in a row at Lloyd Noble Center to open the 2014-15 season. Even more impressive, Oklahoma has a five-game winning streak on the road, dating back to last season.
- Oklahoma was six votes short of appearing in the AP’s Top 25 in this week’s poll, receiving 78 votes. The Sooners got 44 votes in the WBCA Coaching Poll, good for the 29th had the poll been taken this far. OR stays squarely in the conversation for a spot in the NCAA tournament as 38th on the latest NET ranking. The Sooners are trying to make their way into the Top 25 for the first time since week one of the 2017-18 season, when they were ranked No.21 by PA voters.
STORY OF THE SERIES
Sunday’s contest marks the 66th all-time meeting between the Sooners and the Lady Raiders, who have met every year since 1997. Oklahoma holds the series record 39-26 and swept the Lady Raiders last season in winning both Norman and Lubbock to win a four-game losing streak. OU has a slim 16-15 advantage at Lubbock where it has been 11-3 since 2007.
The Sooners welcome the No.14 from Iowa State to Norman on Jan. 5 in a highly anticipated contest that will feature the league’s two most prolific offenses. The Cyclones lead the nation with 12.0 3 points scored per game. The game will air on Bally Sports Oklahoma Plus and tip at 6:00 p.m. CT.