The Oklahoma Sooners once again employed an efficient offense against Northwestern in the final non-conference game of the schedule. Eclipsing the 100-point barrier for the fourth time this year, Lon Kruger’s squad continues to lay claim to the nation’s top scoring offense. Proving to much to handle, OU improved the record to 10-1 overall.
Jumping out to an early 7-0 lead, the Sooners forced the issue causing the Wildcats to call a timeout. Hoping to slow down the nation’s leading scorer in Trae Young, Northwestern never found an answer. However, Young remains the most dangerous when he’s not only shooting the ball but also dishing it out to the open man. On the evening, the true freshman poured in 31 points and 12 assists to maintain nation leading averages in the two statistical categories.
Chris Thomas (2001-02 Notre Dame) and Trae Young are the only players from a major conference in the last 20 seasons to have a pair of 30-point, 10-assist games in the same season pic.twitter.com/A5kJ4VG6YQ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 23, 2017
Is there anything this youngster cannot do on the hardwood?
Continuing to showcase elite court vision, Christian James has greatly benefitted from the play of Young. Drawing a majority of the attention, the freshman has opened up the court for James to fall into a rhythm. Finding the bottom of the net numerous times, James collected a career-high 19 points against Northwestern.
From the floor, Oklahoma shot above 61% including 17-of-28 from beyond the arc. In today’s game, those numbers make any program nearly unstoppable. On the defensive end, rebounding allowed the offense to get into transition. Scoring 16 point in fast break situations, OU added another 21 off turnovers. Kruger should be happy with the product on the court heading into conference play.
Combine the production from four Sooners and the total comes to 72 points. It’s clear, this team will be hard to beat down the road. The only question that remains is: are we seeing an all-time great?