2012-13 REVIEW NOTES Senior guard Steven Pledger and junior forward Amath M’Baye were third-team All-Big 12 selections. Pledger ranked second on the squad in scoring (11.6 ppg) and also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He ranked fourth in the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.2) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.364), and enjoyed a six-game stretch from Feb. 16 through March 6 in which he went 27-for-54 (.500) from behind the arc and averaged 19.0 points. Pledger finished his career ranked second in OU history with 249 3-pointers (10 behind Terry Evans) and 13th on OU’s all-time scoring chart with 1,392 points. He started each of his final 64 games.
M’Baye ranked third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.2 rpg) while shooting .461 from the field. He was also named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team. The Preseason Big 12 Rookie of the Year and a two-time league rookie of the week (Nov. 26 and Dec. 31), M’Baye scored in double figures in 15 games. On Feb. 20 at Texas Tech, he enjoyed his best overall outing as a Sooner, finishing with 15 points and career highs of 13 rebounds and five assists in just 25 minutes. He went 8-for-22 (.364) from 3-point range over the last eight games after starting the year 4-for-21 (.190). He shot .829 from the free throw line in Big 12 play.
year with their only defeats coming by a combined three points. They lost to eventual Southland Conference champion Stephen F. Austin 56-55 on Dec. 18 and fell to eventual Big 12 co-champion Kansas State 52-50 on Feb. 2. They won by an average of 15.8 points in their other 12 home games. Included was a 72-66 win over fifth-ranked Kansas, which broke a 10game losing streak to the Jayhawks. OU finished its home schedule by going nearly a month without trailing at Lloyd Noble Center. The last time it was behind at home was Feb. 9 vs. Kansas (14-13 with 14:27 left in first half). In their final four home games against TCU, Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia, the Sooners never trailed. They were ahead or tied for each of their final 194 minutes and 26 seconds at home.
NCAA-RECORD-TYING FREE THROW PERFORMANCE In a March 2 home game against Iowa State, OU tied an NCAA record for most free throw attempts without a miss by going 34-for-34. Just two other times in NCAA Division I history has a team attempted at least 34 free throws without missing.
Senior point guard Sam Grooms led the Big 12 in assistto-turnover ratio for the second straight year. He posted a 3.2 figure in his final season. The Sooners led the Big 12 and ranked 12th nationally with their .757 season free throw percentage. It was the secondbest performance in school history (the 2001-02 team posted a .767 figure). OU shot .774 from the charity stripe in Big 12 play and a gaudy .857 in its league home games. It owned four of the Big 12’s top six free throw marks on the year. In their nine Big 12 home games, the Sooners shot .857 from the free throw line and outscored their opponents by 10.8 points a game there. M’Baye and junior Tyler Neal were each named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. It was the first academic allleague honor for M’Baye and the second for Neal.
MARKED IMPROVEMENT After winning 13 games in 2009-10, 14 in 2011-12 and 15 in 2011-12, OU made a significant jump with its 20 victories last season. The Sooners’ 11 conference wins were more than they compiled over the previous two seasons combined (won five each of those two years). OU also won two more games away from home last year (eight) than it did over the previous two seasons combined (six).
SUCCESS AT HOME One of the keys to OU’s successful season was its performance in home games. The Sooners were 12-2 in Norman on the u First-team All-Big 12 pick and second-round NBA Draft selection Romero Osby averaged team highs of 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a game. 2012-13 REVIEW
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