Virginia, OU meet in Second Round
No. 9 seed Oklahoma (20-13) vs. No. 1 seed Virginia (30-3)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina; Sunday, 6:45 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma and Virginia are set to clash in a NCAA second round game. Virginia earned a 71-56 win over Gardner-Webb in its most recent game, while Oklahoma won easily 95-72 against Mississippi in its last outing.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: Christian James is averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds to lead the way for the Sooners. Kristian Doolittle is also a key contributor, maintaining an average of 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers have been led by De’Andre Hunter, who is averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.
CREATING OFFENSE: Ty Jerome has either made or assisted on 48 percent of all Virginia field goals over the last five games. Jerome has accounted for 23 field goals and 38 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: Oklahoma is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 20-4 when scoring at least 63.
UNBEATEN WHEN: The Cavaliers are 28-0 when holding opponents to 44 percent or worse from the field, and 2-3 when opponents shoot better than that. The Sooners are 13-0 when they score at least 75 points and 7-13 on the year when falling short of 75.
DID YOU KNOW: The Virginia offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.1 percent of its possessions, which is the 14th-lowest rate in the country. The Oklahoma defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.6 percent of all possessions (ranked 262nd among Division I teams).