NORMAN — Two summers ago, the Woodard brothers headed to the gym at Edmond Memorial to do something they've been doing since they started playing basketball as children.
This game of one-on-one had a bit more edge to it.
“We started getting mad at each other, started fouling really hard,” James Woodard said. “I think I made him bleed when I got him with an elbow by accident.”
Neither Woodard wants to draw blood from the other Saturday when James' Tulsa team travels to Norman to face Jordan's Oklahoma team. But both want to win badly.
“We used to always go at it,” Jordan said. “When we were playing, somebody had to win and we both just hated losing so much that we'd just get so bad every time somebody got hot and started beating the other one.”
Oklahoma hosts Tulsa for the first time since December 2007 at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center, and the programs are playing for the first time since 2009.
And both brothers will be playing big roles for their teams.
Jordan is the Sooners' freshman point guard, earning a starting role from the season's beginning. He is averaging 10.6 points and 4.6 assists for the 8-1 Sooners.
James also earned a starting spot early in his freshman year, starting 29 times last season at guard. As a sophomore, James is leading the Golden Hurricane in both scoring (13.4 point per game) and rebounding (5.7).
“We keep in touch just about every day,” Jordan said. “He talks to me about his game, and I talk to him about my games and how we keep improving every game.”