The Norman Transcript


February 28, 2014

Longhorns in way of high seed for Sooners



Neal and Bennett named to Academic All-Big 12 team: Neal and forward D.J. Bennett were each named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Team this week.

The honor is the third for Neal, who was named to the 16-player first team (players who have recorded a 3.20 or better GPA). He was one of three league players who were nominated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Bennett was one of 13 players named to the second team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA).

Neal, a communication major from Oklahoma City, has come off the bench to average career highs of 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this season. The senior forward is also shooting career highs of .457 from the field and .424 (28-for-66) from 3-point range.

Bennett, a junior forward, is an arts and sciences planned program major who hails from Chicago. He has played in all but one game this season and averages 2.8 points and 2.0 points in 8.7 minutes a contest while shooting .638 from the field. He ranks second on the team with 24 blocked shots. This is the first Academic All-Big 12 honor for Bennett, who is coming off a six-point game at Kansas on Monday.

To qualify for the all-academic team, players must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher (either cumulative or over the two previous semesters) and have participated in 60 percent of his team’s games. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

Texas tickets sold out: Reserved tickets for the Texas game are sold out. A limited number of $10 restricted admission tickets to the game will go on sale at Lloyd Noble Center’s north and east ticket windows 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Restricted admission tickets allow access into the arena, but do not guarantee a seat. After tipoff, restricted admission ticket holders may take any open seats that remain in the upper level. Patrons with reserved tickets have first priority to the seat location on their tickets.

Reserved tickets for Wednesday’s home finale against West Virginia are still available.

Corbin Hosler

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