Less than a week after holding the Kansas Jayhawks to a lowly 13 points in the first half, the TCU Horned Frogs get a dose of their own medicine. From the elation of coming off the biggest win in school history, Trent Johnson and his squad found themselves in a state of despair as they hit another record. This time, it was a record they had hoped they would never see coming by way of an 11 point first half.
There is no doubt that the cold front must have moved in on Texas a few hours earlier than expected.
Through the first ten minutes of play, the Oklahoma Sooners held TCU to 0-for-12 shooting and just a 1 point. It wouldn't be until the 8:50 mark that the Horned Frogs would finally hit a field goal. However, this would be a first half story summed up by 16.7% shooting from the field on TCU's side of things. Oklahoma capped off the first half with an 18-3 run in route to a 25 point lead going into the locker room (36-11).
During the second half, the Sooners would extend their lead to 36 points and never looked back. The unquestionable leader of this team, Romero Osby, would finish the game with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Along side him was Amath M'Baye who added another 12 points.
Coming out of this game, head coach Lon Kruger may have found himself with a fortunate problem. For the second game, Isaiah Cousins has gotten the start at point guard marking the third player to start at the position this season. Much of this was due to the success Cousins was finding on offense. That carried into this game as well as he contributed six points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Je'lon Hornbeak, coming out of a slump, put up another nine points on the scoreboard. Heading into one of the tougher games on the schedule, Kruger will have the option of playing either Hornbeak or Cousins at the point. All things considered, I am in favor of keeping Cousins as the starter although he is not as vocal as his counter part. Simply put, don't fix something that isn't broken.
The Horned Frogs proved their worth on the boards as they equaled Oklahoma's output at 30 rebounds a piece. One thing we pinpointed here at CCM as a key to success was free throws. On the night, OU connected on 14-of-14 attempts for a 100% conversion rate.
While the Sooners downed TCU 75-48 they have possibly lost freshman Buddy Hield for the remainder of the season. Buddy suffered a fractured foot during the game and could be caught near the bench on crutches with a boot on. The injury may require surgery and will keep Buddy off the court for possibly 4-5 weeks. How much will this change the outlook for Oklahoma who has thrived off of his attitude and drive for the game?
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