Wichita State rose up the rankings as a result of their excellent half-court offense and suffocating defense. Trae Young and the Sooners didn’t allow either of those to become a factor in Saturday’s upset win over the Shockers in Oklahoma’s first true road test of the season.
Young produced another double-double with 29 points and 10 assists as he and the Sooners pushed the pace, preventing the Shockers from getting into their defensive sets. Young was 9-of-22 from the floor, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range. He was supported by fellow freshman Brady Manek, who scored 21, and sophomore Kameron McGusty who came off the bench to score 13 points.
The win was Oklahoma’s sixth in a row and improved their season record to 8-1 and first ever non-conference road win of a #3 ranked opponent. While it was the Sooners’ first true road win of the season, trips to Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles helped pave the way for this upset. Five of OU’s first nine games this season have been played away from the Lloyd Noble Center.