After rising to No. 4 in the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners looked to seize control of the Big 12. However, once conference play began, reality set in. Dropping a slew of contests during the league portion of the schedule, Lon Kruger’s program received an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Questioned by more than a few, the team looked to erase the doubts in the first round against Rhode Island.
Unfortunately for the crew from Norman, Oklahoma the number crunches were correct in giving OU a 41% chance to win. Battling back and forth with the Rams, Trae Young found himself carrying the load late in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Scoring 16-of-19 points in the final minutes of regulation and through overtime, the effort proved too little.
Taking advantage of the lack of production from their opponent, Jared Terrell led the charge in a 12-2 run. Behind the surge, the Rams finished the game holding an 83-78 victory in hand. Now, Rhode Island likely faces the Duke Bluedevils leaving Sooner fans to ponder the future of not only Trae Young, but also Lon Kruger.
Here come more questions as to why OU was included in the field of 64, leaving other “deserving teams” out of contention…