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The relentless pursuit of the NCAA Tournament took a bit of a down turn as the Oklahoma Sooners fell to TCU, a team who had only won a single game in conference heading into this afternoon.
The Oklahoma Sooners headed to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Senior Day. On such a day, TCU wound up short handed with depth being a concern. To add insult to injury, Lon Kruger had his squad attacking the post players from TCU while getting them in early foul trouble that extended to the second half. In the end it would be the seniors playing a major role in sealing up the second conference victory of the season.
Garlon Green led the charge of the seniors as he was perfect from beyond the arc hitting 4-of-4 attempts to finish with 18 points. The most noticeable difference maker in this game was three pointers. On the afternoon, Oklahoma shot 0% compared to TCU's 57%.
Adding to Green was Connell Crossland, another senior who netted 13 points of his own.
Digging themselves a hole early, Oklahoma trailed 22-44 heading into the break. From there, things appeared to only be getting worse as the Horned Frogs opened up a 25 point lead. Yet, the Sooners began chipping away at what first seemed like an insurmountable lead.
With just over four minutes left in regulation, Oklahoma had cut the lead to one while never taking the lead for the remainder of the game. At the 27 second mark, Buddy Hield came up with an offensive rebound and putback to bring the score to 63-66.
Lon Kruger elected to put pressure in the back court as TCU broke the press and finalized their statement with an uncontested dunk by Green to go up by five. After Sam Grooms drove the lane to finish with a layup, the Horned Frogs committed a turnover on a five second inbounds call giving OU the ball under their own basket.
Knowing that not a single three-pointer had fallen, OU went back to their strength inside and let Romero Osby drive the lane pulling to back within one at 67-68. However, Hield would be forced to foul Kyan Anderson, the best free throw shooter available to TCU as he iced the game with two from the charity stripe.
Grooms had a wide open look from the corner but it rimmed out at the buzzer.