Oklahoma junior Steven Pledger was one of the nation's top shooting guards entering the holidays but was shooting 31.3 percent in conference play heading into a game against Texas Tech.
Pledger hit nearly half his shots in the Sooners' 64-55 win Tuesday night. What was noteworthy was most of his production was inside the arc, where he was 5-of-7 on driving baskets and pull-up jumpers.
“When I come off screens, the big men are staying a lot longer than usual,” Pledger said. “So it's me more playing the defense and seeing what the defense will do and making plays off that.”
FITZGERALD'S STREAK CONTINUES
Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games, averaging 15.0 points during a streak that dates back to Dec. 2.
Coming off a game in which he missed only one shot against Kansas State, Fitzgerald wasn't as hot against Tech but he continues to provide steady production.
Fitzgerald once again ran into foul trouble, picking up his fourth with 10:36 remaining. Fitzgerald fouled out with 18 seconds left. Oddly enough, it was the first time all season he's fouled out.
CLARK PRODUCTIVE OFF THE BENCH
After starting the first 47 games of his career, Cameron Clark has come off the bench the past two games, which has helped him snap out of a slump. The sophomore guard has averaged 10.0 points in two games as OU's sixth man after going nearly a month without scoring in double figures.
The Sooners play Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M. Big 12 coaches picked the Aggies as co-favorites with Kansas in a preseason poll, but A&M has been a disappointment. Texas A&M (10-7 overall, 1-4 in league play) is ranked No. 173 in the country according to RealTimeRPI. The Sooners are ranked No. 68.
Romero Osby has 26 dunks. The rest of the team has 19. ... The Sooners were out-rebounded 37-34. ... Last in the conference in turnover margin, Texas Tech had 21 turnovers against OU, 15 in the first half. ... Tyler Neal, who averaged 6.1 points in nonconference play, is averaging 1.4 in league play. ... Casey Arent, a junior-college transfer, has moved ahead of Barry Honore in the big man off-the-bench rotation behind C.J. Washington, who grabbed four rebounds against Texas Tech. Arent picked up four fouls in his six minutes.