Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Oklahoma looked rattled by the size of Gonzaga. Poor shooting was followed up by poor decision making as the Zags ran away in the second half to a 72-47 victory.
The Oklahoma Sooners put up one of their worst all around performances in recent history against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Old Spice Classic. The Zags came in as one of the better teams in the country and showed why as they never trailed in yet another speed bump on their way to the Championship Game of this tourney.
The fact that Gonzaga possesses two 7-footer might have played a role in the surprised feel we got from the Sooners. Rushed shots were the norm as well a turnovers as Oklahoma never settled into a rhythm. Quite frankly, when you score 47 points, it's going to be tough to beat anyone.
The Sooners were led by Romero Osby yet again who had 13 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Freshman Isaiah Cousins added 10 points of his own on 3-5 from beyond the arc. As a team, OU shot just 32% from the field on the night as shot selection was very poor. Combine that with little working of the ball around the court and Oklahoma shot themselves into a hole quickly.
It would be the standout Elias Harris from Gonzaga who would lead all scorers with 18 points.
In what I labeled as possibly the most crucial statistical category, Oklahoma lost in a land slide. That battle was the rebounding margin as the Bulldogs pulled down 45 (13 offensive) boards to the Sooners 22 (3 offensive). However, things didn't get better from there as Oklahoma had the ball stolen 9 times along with 14 turnovers.
When it was all said and done, the Bulldogs would walk away with this one 72-47 relegating Oklahoma to the 3rd place game against the West Virginia Mountaineers in an early look at a Big XII matchup. The 3rd place game will take place on Sunday at 3:30 PM (CT) and can be caught on ESPNU.