Heading into Tuesday, the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners hoped to end a three game skid and erase any road woes of the past. However, that would prove to be a tall task when facing the No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road in front of a raucous crowd. Playing aggressively on both ends of the court, Lon Kruger’s program held a single digit lead at the break. But, by the time the clock hit zeroes, the Sooners found their losing streak growing by one behind an 88-78 loss.
Continuing to look out of sorts, Trae Young failed to knock down a three point attempt. Despite shooting 0-of-9 from behind the arc, the freshman managed to collected 19 points. Involving teammates as usual, Young also dished out seven assists. The lack of usual production opened the door for Christian James to step into the limelight.
Leading the charge for the Sooners, James provided a surge energy wise while playing solid basketball on both side of the floor. Firing up 13 shots, James knocked down eight of those attempts for 23 points. Two other scores ended up in double figures on the night but the effort simply wasn’t enough to secure the win.
Over the most recent stretch from the Sooners, fans have witnessed poor shooting from range. The last time Oklahoma knocked down over 40% of their three point attempts was against the Baylor Bears — a game which OU won. The trend must not continue if Lon Kruger’s squad hopes to end the season on a high note.
Live by the three, die by the three. Up next, Oklahoma plays host to the Texas Longhorns.