Mar 3, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Texas A&M forward Khris Middleton (22) takes a shot against Oklahoma Sooners guard Sam Grooms (1) during the first half at the Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
As a side note, it was surprising to see the attendance number at 9,349. Not sure how accurate that is but I would doubt that many people were in the stands all day long with all the free shirts left sitting around.
The Oklahoma Sooners led by Romero Osby with 24 points in a break-out game of sorts, held the lead the entire way. While it was the not the quality win many Sooner fans were hoping for right before the conference tournament, it does give OU a bit of confidence as they will face the Texas A&M Aggies once again.
This game saw surges by the Aggies as they pushed for the lead eventually coming with in one before falling short at the end. David Loubeau led the team in scoring but it was Khris Middleton who had the big game pouring in 14 of his own to go along with 7 boards and 3 assists.
The Sooners made the Aggies work for shots while limited Elston Turner from the 3-point line. Turner attempted 8 three-pointers while only hitting 3 of them, which would pretty much sum up his scoring. Coming into this game, it was something Lon Kruger knew had to happen and his team executed very well.
Sam Grooms returned to his normal self dictating the offense with 7 assists and only 2 turnovers. On an afternoon where 2/3 of the Big Three struggled, Oklahoma escaped with a win in the final seconds.
The Sooners face Texas A&M once again Wednesday night in first round of the conference tournament. Here's the full Big 12 Tournament Bracket.