Saturday isn’t Oklahoma’s final home game — that comes March 5 against West Virginia.
But with it being the final Saturday home game, the Sooners will hold Senior Day ceremonies before Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against Texas.
Forwards Cam Clark and Tyler Neal will be honored in an on-court ceremony before the game.
“It’s kind of hit me this week,” Neal said. “It’s a little weird not being the absolute last home game. My family comes to every game but I’m sure for Cam — I know his don’t come to every home game — to have his family out and extra people probably will be good to see one of the last couple home games.”
NEAL, BENNETT EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Neal and junior D.J. Bennett were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team on Wednesday.
For Neal, a communications major, the honor is his third. He is one of three on the 16-member first team with a 4.0 grade-point average. Oklahoma State’s Christien Sager and Texas Tech’s Jaye Crockett were the others.
“I think a lot of that is Coach (Lon) Kruger putting the importance on it, especially with some of the young guys,” Neal said. “I think you’ll start to see more and more of that each year.”
Neal is averaging a career-high 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game off the bench.
Bennett is one of 13 on the second team, which includes players with GPAs from 3.0 to 3.19.
Bennett is averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 points.
TEXAS BIGS A CONCERN
Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler and Clark had their hands full against Kansas on Monday.
It won’t get much easier Saturday against Texas.
The Longhorns start 6-foot-9 center Cameron Ridley and 6-8 forward Jonathan Holmes.
“I thought our big guys at Lawrence fought their tails off,” Kruger said. “We’ve got to have even greater effort against Texas and try to do an even better job on the boards.”
Kruger said that likely includes more doubling down in the post, like the Sooners did repeatedly against the Jayhawks.
“You have to,” he said. “Two-fold for doubling is No. 1 try to make it a little more difficult on Ridley and (Prince) Ibeh and Holmes and No. 2 is try to get another guy down there so Ryan doesn’t get in foul trouble.”
TWO-DAY REST NOT MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE
There’s no doubt that having no mid-week game is a big advantage when facing a team who played a mid-week game.
This season, Big 12 teams were 6-2 in such situations, including Oklahoma’s win over Kansas State on Saturday.
But playing on two days more rest hasn’t been much of an advantage for conference teams this season.
Teams that played Monday games are just 4-4 in Saturday games against teams that played Wednesday.
Three of those wins are by league-leader Kansas and two of those are over TCU, which hasn’t won in conference play.
The Sooners have a two-day head start on Texas after falling at Kansas on Monday. Texas played Baylor on Wednesday night.