The Oklahoma Sooners would remain scoreless in Phog Allen Fieldhouse until the 16:08 mark in the first half. Digging themselves a 10-0 deficit on the road, Kristian Doolittle gathered an offensive rebound before elevating underneath the rim. Banking the shot in, the forward put OU on the board for the first time. Despite a bit of success, the Kansas defense set the tone as the Jayhawks lead ballooned to 20-4.
Going to work, Trae Young took what the defense gave him instead of attempting to force the issue. Continuously finding the open shooter, the freshman racked up six assists in the opening twenty minutes of play. The effort allowed Oklahoma to keep within striking distance at the half, down 49-39.
As the second half commenced, it was clear that Devonte Graham and the Jayhawks are one of the best in the country at the game of basketball. Asserting their dominance on the hardwood, Bill Self’s program steadily pulled away from Oklahoma. Finding a rhythm on both sides of the court, the effort opened up a large margin.
Eventually, Oklahoma would fall by a final of 104-74. The loss marks the sixth consecutive loss for the program this season. As the season quickly comes to a close, the Sooners now look like a bubble team when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. With three games remaining in conference play, something must change.
Up next, Lon Kruger and the Sooners host the Kansas State Wildcats in Norman followed by a road trip to Waco for a meeting with the Baylor Bears.