For the second consecutive outing, the Oklahoma Sooners scored 108 points in front of a home crowd. The effort also produced win number two of the season, this time over Ball State. Holding the Cardinals 69 points, Lon Kruger’s squad moves into the Victory Bracket of the PK80. The bracket includes eight other programs from across the nation that will convene in Portland, Oregon to celebrate Nike Founder, Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
En route to the Victory Bracket, the Sooners showcased a press defense to put pressure on Ball State. Holding the opponent to 29.9% shooting from the floor, Oklahoma also produced thirteen turnovers. Clearly, the pressure “didn’t let [the Cardinals] get the ball inbounds and up the court quickly. It led bad decisions for [BSU] on offense,” according to Ball State Head Coach, James Whitford.
Offensively, the Sooners found easy buckets while shooting 56.8% from the floor. Leading the way was once again Trae Young. The freshman guard compiled a second double-double in as many tries with 22 points and 13 assists. “It’s wicked, it’s fun playing with a guy like Young. He’s going to push the ball, so really just find a lane, find a spot, give him a little area between you and the defender so he can get the ball through there and just wait,” said Khadeem Lattin on playing with Young.
However, three others scored in double figures on the night. The true freshman sparked the surrounding players as Lattin scored 20 points himself. Brady Manek added another 16 on the board leaving Christian James with 13 of his own.
Oklahoma will carry the momentum into the PK80 which begins on Thanksgiving Day for the Sooners. Facing the Arkansas Razorbacks, tip-off is set for 4PM CT on ESPN2.