In conference play, the road games have been quite unkind to the Oklahoma Sooners. As Lon Kruger took his program on the road once again, the team hoped to break the trend. Unfortunately, that would not be the case as OU dropped the contest 79-74 to the Texas Longhorns.
In the first half, the Oklahoma Sooners utilized the long pass to build a comfortable 8-point lead over the Texas Longhorns in Austin, Texas. Racking up nine assists over the course of twenty minutes, Trae Young set the tone early. Transition buckets were clearly the name of the game as Shaka Smart’s defense failed to recover.
However, in the second half, Smart’s program made the appropriate adjustments. Refusing to give up points off the the fast break, the Longhorns began to pressure the Sooners into turnovers. Committing 11 turnovers in the second half alone proved to be the deciding factor in the game for Lon Kruger’s squad.
In the end, OU surrendered the lead with just over a minute to play in the regulation. Unable to overcome the struggles, the Sooners dropped yet another road game to an unranked opponent.
Over the course of the season, the Sooners have found success when shooting the deep ball. Firing up 22 shots from behind the arc, only two players connected on three of those attempts. The dismal performance effectively set Oklahoma at 13.6% from three point range on the evening.
Adding to the poor performance shooting wise, the Sooners failed to consistently find their way to the charity stripe. And lastly, the aforementioned 11 turnovers in the second half did OU no favors in the contest.