The Oklahoma Sooners prepared for a physical contest with the Kansas State Wildcats inside Lloyd Noble Center. Attempting to defend home court, Lon Kruger’s squad trailed from wire to wire before falling 74-61. “Sometimes you line up and you just get whipped,” the head coach said after the outing. “We did that tonight. Kansas State whipped us.”
Throughout the forty minutes of play, Christian James posted a team high 20 points. Helping in the effort, Rashard Odomes racked up a season-high 17 points of his own. However, the scoring output simply failed to overcome the number of turnovers the offense committed.
In total, the Sooners 18 turnovers quickly led to 16 KSU points on the other end of the court. Yet, free throw shooting also provided an extra hurdle to overcome. Connecting on just 52% of the attempts from the charity stripe, Oklahoma missed on eleven opportunities at easy points.
Appearing to be healthy, Dean Wade returned to action for the second consecutive outing after a six game absence. Sparking a runaway, the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year showcased exactly why KSU was ranked No. 12 to begin the year.
These two teams are competing to remain in the top twenty-five this upcoming week. At this point, the Big 12 Conference continues to prove its strength. The league only looks to increase in difficulty from here on out!