After witnessing an upset several days ahead of the contest, Oklahoma Sooners basketball fans hoped for a similar result on Tuesday. Adding to the hype, the Kansas Jayhawks announced the absence of Devon Dotson despite participating in the shoot around earlier the same day. Riding the wave, the OU faithful showed up in droves as Lloyd Noble Center hit 90% capacity. Shorthanded and prepared for a league pairing in Norman, Bill Self managed to close the night with the intended result, a 66-52 win.
Proving capable of going toe-to-toe with one of the best programs in the nation, Lon Kruger’s defense managed to keep the Jayhawks in check throughout the first half of play. Holding the opponent to 22.22% shooting from beyond the arc, the Sooners trailed by one heading into the break. Attempting to maintain the momentum, the group took off toward the locker room. However, the second half painted a much different picture as the talent and depth of OU was tested.
With just over eleven minutes to play in regulation, Jalen Hill knocked down consecutive free throw attempts. The two points pulled Oklahoma to within two at 42-40 of the visiting Jayhawks. Flipping the switch after feeling the pressure, Kansas went to work. Proving why KU remains such a difficult team to beat, the Jayhawks utilized a 14-5 run to distance themselves from the home team.
Unable to weather the storm, the Sooners dropped a second consecutive in league play. Standing 11-5 overall and 2-2 in conference, Lon Kruger hopes to bounce back with a win over TCU on Saturday.
- De’Vion Harmon played a team high 38 minutes on Tuesday night. The expanded court time yielded a team high 13-point outing as well.
- Kristian Doolittle pulled down 10 rebounds en route to a double-double when combined with the 13-point scoring night.
- Joining the double-digit club on the evening, Brady Manek managed to net 10 points himself and seven rebounds.
The Sooners have struggled at times in the rebounding department which has led to close contests and now losses. Once again, the program found themselves losing the battle on the boards to the tune of 46-32 this go around. Unable to secure the loose ball allowed the opponent to net 16 second chance points — a number that easily decides the contest. Continue to monitor this stat line as it affects Oklahoma drastically in the win column.