Preview: NCAA Tournament – (5) Oklahoma vs. (12) North Dakota State

2014 NCAA Tournament
Second Round Game
Spokane Arena – Spokane, Wash.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS (23-9)

•  Oklahoma comes in having won five of its last seven games.  OU lost to Baylor, 78-73, in the quarterfinal of the Big 12 Tournament.
• The Sooners are the eighth highest scoring team in the country at 82.2 ppg.
• Coach Lon Kruger was named the AP Coach of the Year.
• Buddy Hield was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.  Cameron Clark was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team.  Ryan Spangler was an honorable mention All-Big 12 teamer.  Tyler Neal was tabbed as co-Sixth Man of the Year in the league.
• This is the second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 28th overall.  The Sooners are 36-27 all time in the tournament.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (25-6)

• This is NDSU’s second NCAA Tournament appearance and highest seed.  The Bison lost to Kansas in 2009.
• The Bison have never beaten a member of the Big 12 (0-7) since being in Division I.
• As a team, the Bison are No. 1 in the country in field goal percentage (.509) and Marshall Bjorklund is No. 1 individually (.636).
• There are four active 1,000-point scorers on the team: Taylor Braun (1,633 points), Bjorklund (1,419),  TrayVonn Wright(1,113) and Lawrence Alexander (1,100).
• NDSU has won nine straight, including the Summit League Tournament, and 14 of its last 15.

2013-2014 Team

Oklahoma (Big 12 Rank)

North Dakota St. (Summit Rank)

Scoring Offense

82.2 ppg (2)

76.4 ppg (2)

Scoring Defense

75.9 ppg (10)

65.4 ppg (3)

Free Throw Percentage

.750 (1)

.747 (4)

Field Goal Percentage

.451 (6)

.509 (1)

Three Point Percentage

.378 (3)

.367 (3)

Rebounding Margin

+1.4 (5)

+4.6 (2)

Turnover Margin

+1.4 (3)

+1.2 (-)

2013-2014 Individual

Points

Buddy Hield, 16.8 (9)

Taylor Braun, 18.2 (1)

Rebounds

Ryan Spangler, 9.4 (1)

Taylor Braun, 5.5 (8)

Assists

Jordan Woodard, 4.7 (6)

Taylor Braun, 3.9 (4)

Steals

Buddy Hield, 1.4 (2)

Taylor Braun, 1.6 (3)

Blocks

Ryan Spangler, .9 (12)

TrayVonn Wright, 1.8 (2)

Three-pointers made

Buddy Hield, 2.8 (3)

Mike Felt, 1.4 (13)