Now there might actually be some cause for concern. It was easy to say that the Sooners overlooked Kansas State in a mid-week match up earlier in the week. It’s also easy to say that Oklahoma State has an NBA Lottery pick playing for them. However, those two things have now combined to place Oklahoma on a two-game losing streak as the season winds down.
Game Defining Moment
Nearly a minute and fifteen seconds into the second half De’Vion Harmon hit a 3-point shot to give the Sooners a 41-31 lead. Oklahoma wouldn’t score again until Austin Reaves made a layup at the 15:10 mark to squelch a run that had pulled the Cowboys to within 41-38. The Sooners would continue to see their lead evaporate until finally Oklahoma State took a 53-51 lead on a 3-ball from Cade Cunningham.
The Sooners were firmly on their heels from that point on and despite a late basket by Brady Manek to force overtime the momentum was firmly on the OSU bench.
Two quick questions.
- How did Austin Reaves make this shot?
- How was their not a foul called?
Beaten Badly On The Boards
This game featured all of the hype that Bedlam typically brings about. The Cowboys have a star in Cade Cunningham and the Sooners have one of the more solid lineups in the conference. Each team shot nearly 50% from the floor and Oklahoma was 43.5% from three-point range.
What was the primary difference in the game? Rebounding! OSU killed the Sooners on the boards to the tune of 45-28. Not only is that a lot of second chance opportunities for the Pokes but also a lot of one-and-done trips down the floor. Oklahoma State pulled down 32 defensive rebounds and OU only produced seven offensive boards. Ouch!
The Problem Child
Everyone knew that Cade Cunningham was going to be a handful coming into this game. However, when a player of that caliber has a career day it typically isn’t going to end well for his opponents.
The Sooners were going to need a team effort to have a chance in this one and the certainly got it. Five Oklahoma players scored in double figures led by De’Vion Harmon who matched his career high of 23 points while also snagging 4 rebounds and dishing out 2 assists.
It’ll be back-to-back Bedlam as the Sooners travel to Stillwater Monday night for an 8:00 tip.
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