Oklahoma had a lot riding on Thursday night's game against Cincinnati. The Bearcats were to be OU's first real road test of the season and a win would have potentially landed the Sooners in the Top 25 along with increasing Oklahoma's winning streak to six games. However, the greatest lost opportunity on Thursday is what a win on the road against the Bearcats would have done to Oklahoma's confidence.
Now we have to wonder what blowing a double-digit lead down the stretch will do to their psyche? Especially when Cincinnati shot just 27.9% from the floor.
Oklahoma did everything right against Cincinnati except for two things. They out shot the Bearcats 38.3% to 27.9% from the floor and out rebounded them 46-37. So where did the Sooners go wrong?
The Sooners left five points on the charity stripe and turned the ball over 17 times while only forcing 8 turnovers themselves.
Possibly the most damaging thing to the Sooners was what this loss did to Oklahoma's post season resume. At best now, Oklahoma can go 10-2 in non-conference play which means they'll need to pick up a minimum of 10 conference wins to be considered for the dance.