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Sooners doing something no other team in college basketball is doing

by Ryan Aber Modified: January 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014

One of the keys to Oklahoma’s basketball success so far this season has been its solid fortune with players staying healthy.

The Sooners have lost only five games to injury and none by starters. Je’lon Hornbeak missed four games with a broken foot and Tyler Neal missed the Sooners’ Dec. 8 game against George Mason.

Also, with all the tinkering Lon Kruger and staff have done to Oklahoma’s defense, what they haven’t done it juggle the lineup. Sure, Hornbeak played late in a couple games in place of starter Jordan Woodard but Woodard never was taken out of the starting lineup.

In every game this season, Woodard, Cam ClarkIsaiah Cousins, Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler have been the Sooners’ starters.

OU is the only team in the Big 12 to use the same starting lineup in every game this season. Nationally, only 19 other teams have used the same starting five all season.

The Big Ten has four such teams–Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin. No other conference has more than two, with only the Big East (Butler, Providence) and Southland (Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin) having multiple teams that have started the same group of five in every game.

Six of those 20 overall teams are ranked–No. 13 Cincinnati, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Iowa, No. 21 UMass, No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 24 Ohio State.

The Sooners, though, are doing something that no other team has done this season.

Not only have the Sooners used the same starters all year long but all five OU starters are averaging in double figures. Clark leads the way at 16.5 points per game, followed by Hield (16.4), Spangler and Woodard (11.3 each) and Cousins (10.2).

Several other teams have five players averaging double figures but none has used the same starting lineup in every game this season while all five of those starters are averaging in double figures.

Division I teams that have used the same starting lineup in every game:
AAC
Cincinnati

Atlantic 10
UMass

Atlantic Sun
Mercer

Big East
Butler
Providence

Big South
Campbell

Big Ten
Illinois
Iowa
Ohio State
Wisconsin

Big 12
Oklahoma

Mountain West
Wyoming

Pac 12
Stanford

SEC
Missouri

Southern
Elon

Southland
Sam Houston State
Stephen F. Austin

SWAC
Alabama State

WAC
Utah Valley

West Coast
Portland


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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