Oklahoma was outmatched once again on the basketball floor by a team superior in talent. Arizona at all of the answers for an Oklahoma squad that managed to only shoot 48% from the floor and was out rebounded by a margin of 30-17.
Andrew Fitzgerald was Oklahoma's only consistent scoring threat as guards Cade Davis and Steven Pledger struggled to find shots. Davis was only 3-8 on the floor and Pledger was just a little better at 4-7. Meanwhile the wildcats shot almost 56% from the floor and made it to the charity stripe 21 times in route to an 83-60 victory over the Sooners.
Oklahoma's biggest struggle was that no one outside of Fitzgerald could create offense. Fitz shot 8-13 from the floor and was 6-7 from the free-throw line. That was just about it for the sooner offense. No other OU player shot more than two free throws for the game and only two other players scored in double figures. Nick Thompson scored 15 points with the help of three made three point baskets and Pledger scored 10 points for what turned out to be an inept OU offense.
The Sooners must get more offense out of the guards and better decision-making with the ball. OU turned the ball over 16 times on Sunday afternoon. Obviously there is lots of room for improvements but these two areas are a great place to start. The hustle is there and so is the intensity but the Sooners are just getting worked by better teams right now. That's not to say that this season is already a failure but hopes of being competitive in conference are quickly fading.
OU has a chance to end their current five game losing streak this Thursday night at home against Gardner-Webb.