Davidson’s Stephen Curry, like OU’s Blake Griffin, was named a preseason first-team AP All-American. His visit to Norman on Tuesday night marked just the third time in non-conference play that a first-team All-American faced the Sooners in Lloyd Noble Center.
The other two: Arizona’s Sean Elliott in the 1988-89 season and Vanderbilt’s Billy McCaffrey in 1993-94.
OU beat Arizona, ranked No. 1 at the time, 82-80. The Sooners lost to Vanderbilt 77-67 in the postseason NIT in Billy Tubbs’ last game as OU coach.
The Sooners return to the court Saturday at 1 p.m. to face Gardner-Webb inside Lloyd Noble Center.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 0-2, losing close games at Virginia Tech and at Longwood.
OU beat Gardner-Webb a year ago, after the Bulldogs had pulled one of the season’s big upsets, winning at Kentucky.
After that game, the Sooners return to action in the NIT Season Tip-Off. They’ll face Tuesday’s late Arizona-UAB winner in a semifinal at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 26.
Single-game tickets to all remaining home games for the OU men’s and women’s basketball teams go on sale today.
Tickets are available online at SoonerSports.com. Phone orders begin at 8 a.m. through the OU ticket office at 405-325-2424 or toll-free at 1-800-456-4668. If supplies remain, walk-up sales at the ticket office begin at 10 a.m.
Men’s basketball single-game tickets start as low as $10, while women’s tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth.
By John Helsley