In a tilt of defensive juggernauts, the Sooners entered Allen Fieldhouse on a collision course with a top five team in the country. Trading blows throughout the duration of the contest, Kansas turned the ball over with 1:30 left in regulation before sending the Christian James to the charity stripe. Trailing by seven, the senior guard knocked down the first of two attempts to cut into the lead.
Continuing to play tough defense on the other end of the court, Oklahoma found yet another chance to slice into the deficit as the opposition missed several free throw attempts. Cutting toward the rim and finishing strong, Aaron Calixte’s layup pulled to visiting team into striking distance with 33 seconds remaining.
Despite a valiant effort on the court, the Kansas defense kept Brady Manek and the rest at bay. Denying close range jumpers, the Jayhawks sealed the fate of Oklahoma after connecting on two Devon Dotson free throws. Clearly the road to the Big 12 Championship still runs directly through Lawrence.
On a cold night in the midwest, the shooters failed to connect consistently from beyond the arc. Hitting just 5-of-22 attempts from range, OU simply could not shoot themselves to victory. Credit the defensive effort from a Bill Self team though for skewing those numbers even further south.
Looking to rebound, the Sooners take on Oklahoma State in Norman on Jan 5th.