The Oklahoma Sooners set up for a rematch of the final regular season game by squaring off against TCU in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. In the second half, the Horned Frogs maintained a 55-48 lead. However, the deficit expanded behind as Brandon Parrish sparked a late run pushing the lead out to 67-50. Unable to recover, the Sooners vanished while making an exit from the tournament by a final of 82-63.
Khadeem Lattin carried the load offensively in a bit of a surprise performance. Netting 18 points, the forward known for defensive outings left the floor one rebound shy of a double-double. Adding to the total on the scoreboard, freshman Kristian Doolittle scored 11 points.
On the other end of the court, TCU moved the ball extremely well. Of the 55 made baskets, 20 came off assists helping secure a 60% conversion rate on the night. Vlad Brodziansky put up impressive numbers with 20 points while Kenrick Williams added another 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Looking forward, the Sooners have a solid core to build around. Winning five conference games matches the total from Buddy Hield’s freshman season. Could the likes of Kameron McGusty, Doolittle, and Trae Young lead OU back to the Final Four and potentially claim a conference title? The only way to go is up!