In what is quickly becoming a disturbing trend and one pointed out in the game thread by OnlyOneOU, the Sooner offense once again disappeared when it mattered most. Much like the game against K-State this past Saturday, OU was able to cut the A&M lead to four points and almost immediately allow the Aggies to get it back to double digits and put the game out of reach. A&M is one of the better defensive teams in the league, if not country, so it is meant as no slight to them but this OU offense is certainly capable of making even a pedestrian defense look like the '85 Bears.
The Sooners managed just 47 points in 40 minutes and senior Cade Davis had 21 of them. Davis was the only Sooner in double figures and had he not continued his hot shooting from the weekend, this team might have lost by 30 or more. Andrew Fitzgerald struggled for most of the night, forcing tough shots against a stout Aggie defense. Fitzgerald finished with just eight points on 2-8 shooting. The two players OU simply cannot win without, Steven Pledger and Cameron Clark both were non-existent yet again. Clark had nine points, but has become shockingly passive when he has the ball in his hands. Pledger had arguably his worst game of the season finishing with just a single point and taking only two shots the entire game. Amazing because the kid has never been afraid to put it up, even if it's not falling so I'm at a loss as to why he refused to look for his shot tonight.
As usual, the OU bench contributed next to nothing. C.J. Washington was the only bench player who scored (three points), but it wasn't for a lack of trying with freshman Tyler Neal going 0-8 from the field including 0-6 from three. Sadly these recaps can pretty much write themselves these days, but I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment because I'm in it till the end. OU's next
massacre game is this Saturday at home against KU. The game is on ESPiN with a scheduled 3 p.m. (central) tip.