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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 17, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lloyd Noble Center (11,528) -- Norman, Oklahoma. Television: Sooner Sports TV, MASN2. Home Record: UTA 3-1, OU 6-0. Away Record: UTA 1-5, OU 0-0. Neutral Record: UTA 0-0, OU 3-1. Conference Record: UTA 0-0, OU 0-0. Series Record: Oklahoma leads, 6-0.
GAME NOTES: The Oklahoma Sooners will attempt to stay perfect at the Lloyd Noble Center this season, as they welcome the Texas-Arlington Mavericks to Norman on Tuesday night for a non-conference bout.
UTA fell into a tailspin a few weeks ago with five consecutive losses, but it has recently snapped out of it with back-to-back wins to pull to 4-6 on the season. After downing Dallas Baptist at home on Dec. 3 (81-53), the Mavericks won their first road game of the season on Saturday night, as they outlasted Houston Baptist, 80-70.
Oklahoma has been nearly flawless this season at 9-1, including a perfect 6-0 on its home floor. Since suffering their only loss of the season in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic to nationally-ranked Michigan State on Nov. 23 (87-76), the Sooners have reeled off five straight victories, most recently winning in shootout fashion over Tulsa on Saturday, 101-91.
The Sooners have beaten the Mavericks on all six previous occasions, with five of those coming on their home floor.
The Mavericks snapped a tie late in the second half of their latest game by putting together a 7-0 burst to separate themselves from Houston Baptist. The squad shot a modest 42.4 percent from the field but got a career-best performance from Brandon Edwards, who poured in 31 points on 9-of-13 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. Lonnie McClanahan was also strong in the winning effort with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Reger Dowell poured in 18 points.
UTA has had no problem putting points on the board this season, as it shoots 44.5 percent from the field for 81.5 points per game, but unfortunately its opponents have also had plenty of success (.443, 80.0 ppg). Dowell is the leading scorer with 22.2 points per game and he does the majority of his damage from 3-point range (39-of-110, .355). Edwards is a double-double threat on any given night with 19.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while McClanahan (11.8 ppg, 4.0 apg) is also a stellar contributor.
Despite allowing Tulsa to shoot 47.6 percent from the floor, including 12- of-27 from 3-point range, Oklahoma managed to surge to the 10-point victory behind 48.3 percent field-goal shooting itself to go with a busy, effective afternoon from the foul line (34-of-48). Jordan Woodard was the catalyst in the victory with 24 points (on 17-of-22 from the foul line) to go along with eight assists. Buddy Hield was hot on Woodard's heels with 23 points, Isaiah Cousins and Cameron Clark netted 15 points apiece, while Tyler Neal tallied 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
The Sooners' dominance this season has been put on display all over the floor, as they boast impressive margins in terms of scoring (+11.3), rebounding (+2.7) and turnovers (+2.9), all while shooting just shy of 48 percent from the field. Clark (17.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Hield (17.1 ppg) are neck-and-neck as the team's go-to scoring options. Woodard puts up 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Cousins (11.6 ppg) and Ryan Sprangler (10.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg) round out a great starting lineup.
Oklahoma has displayed well-rounded excellence this season, especially at home, so a visit from an up-and-down UTA squad shouldn't present much of a problem.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 88, Texas-Arlington 68
12/17 10:33:46 ET
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