On a windy evening in Norman, Oklahoma the Sooners prepared to host the Baylor Bears in a conference tilt. Once ranked inside the top twenty-five while battling quality Big 12 opponents, Lon Kruger’s program hoped to defend home court once again. Unfortunately for the program as well as those in attendance, the contest did not go as planned. Quickly falling behind, Ou failed to recover before suffering a lopsided 77-47 loss in Lloyd Noble Center.
Employing a zone defense throughout a majority of the game, the Bears simply disrupted any chance of Oklahoma finding a rhythm. Attempting numerous contested shots, Kristian Doolittle managed to net a team high 12 points. Held to a season low 29.6% shooting from the floor, OU produced it’s lowest scoring output of the year with just 47 points.
Improving over the final twenty minutes of the outing, Miles Reynolds and the rest of the program fell into a routine of trading buckets. Trailing 39-21 at the break, the tactic simply failed to cut into the lead. Clearly, Oklahoma must find a player with the ability to score regardless of the circumstances.
The road continues to be long and rough, but it’s a proving ground for this program. With a 20-win season within reach, the Sooners are still in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament bid.