Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MBB: OU's Ryan Spangler Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Ryan Spangler #00 of the Oklahoma Sooners talks to head coach Lon Kruger during the second half of the game against the North Dakota State Bison in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. (March 19, 2014 - Source: Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America)
University of Oklahoma junior forward Ryan Spangler has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career following his performances in wins vs. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

The 6-8, 235-pounder from Bridge Creek, Okla., averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocked shots as OU beat Texas Tech 81-36 in Norman on Wednesday and rallied for a 64-56 win at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Spangler shot 78.6 percent from the field (11 for 14) and 76.9 percent from the free throw line (10 for 13) in the two games, and made his only 3-point attempt (at OSU). He entered the week averaging 9.7 points and 1.3 assists per game on the season.

Spangler scored a season-high 20 points in only 25 minutes vs. Texas Tech on 8-for-9 shooting while adding four rebounds, one assist and three blocks as OU set a Big 12 record for fewest points allowed in a conference game. He followed with 13 points, a game-high nine rebounds and a career-high six assists at Oklahoma State as the Sooners claimed their second straight regular season sweep of the Cowboys. Spangler's six assists were one more than the entire OSU team registered.

Spangler has scored in double figures in each of the last six games (averaging 12.8 during the stretch) to up his season average to 10.3 an outing. He ranks second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.583) and in rebounds per game (8.0).

Iowa State's Bryce Dejean-Jones was named the league's newcomer of the week.

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