The Sooners' early 18-11 lead, according to Safford, was "fool's gold."
|Ricardo Ratliffe, F||19||4-8||0-1||5-6||1||2||0||0||0||0||3||13|
|Laurence Bowers, F||27||4-8||0-0||0-0||4||9||2||1||1||0||1||8|
|Phil Pressey, G||23||2-4||2-3||0-0||1||2||3||3||0||2||0||6|
|Marcus Denmon, G||14||3-5||1-2||2-2||0||2||1||1||0||1||0||9|
|Kim English, G||22||2-10||0-3||2-2||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||6|
|Ricky Kreklow, G||14||3-4||1-2||0-0||0||1||2||1||0||0||2||7|
|Matt Pressey, G||22||0-3||0-1||2-2||1||2||5||2||0||1||2||2|
|Michael Dixon, G||22||4-9||3-6||5-6||0||4||1||1||0||2||1||16|
|Justin Safford, F||22||5-8||0-0||1-2||4||6||0||0||0||0||1||11|
|Jarrett Sutton, G||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Steve Moore, C||14||3-4||0-1||0-0||2||3||1||0||1||1||2||6|
"The pace of the game is very different from what we're accustomed to, but that's no excuse," Capel said. "We have to figure out a way to be tougher."
This energy is one of Mizzou's best attributes as a team and it caused the Sooners to begin to play lazily and at time out of control late in the first half and early in the second half leading to sloppy fouls, a plethora of turnovers, and easy fast break points for the Tigers. Oklahoma once again found it's most consistent player, Andrew Fitzgerald, getting into foul trouble and seeing only 23 minutes of playing time along side Carl Blair Jr. fouling out with a good amount of time still left to be played.
|Andrew Fitzgerald, F||23||3-7||0-0||2-2||2||2||0||0||0||2||4||8|
|Cameron Clark, G-F||36||7-13||1-1||1-1||1||5||2||0||0||2||3||16|
|Steven Pledger, G||35||4-12||2-7||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||2||2||10|
|Carl Blair, G||30||3-7||0-1||0-0||2||9||4||1||0||4||5||6|
|Cade Davis, G||30||2-8||0-5||1-1||0||5||2||2||1||2||0||5|
|T.J. Franklin, G||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|C.J. Washington, F||12||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Calvin Newell Jr, NA||9||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||2||0||0|
|Tyler Neal, F||18||4-8||2-3||4-6||3||4||1||0||0||3||0||14|
|Barry Honore', F||6||1-1||0-0||0-0||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||2|
On a positive note Tyler Neal seems to be turning out to be one of the better freshman as well as Cameron Clark. Expect to see Tyler Neal continue to get minutes especially if Andrew Fitzgerald continues getting himself in foul trouble early and often. Neal has gotten 20 minutes (against Texas) and 18 minutes (against Mizzou) in the past two games and could turn into a legitimate threat from almost anywhere on the floor at 6'7 215lbs in the next few seasons if he continues to do what he has been doing. Oklahoma has also seemed to improve its FT shooting % over the past few weeks which will be huge down the stretch and if Oklahoma gets itself into some close games during the rest of the season.
This team is a very young team with 3 sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup. We should see them continue to get better. But the bad thing about having a young team is that you need star-power (too bad there's a box you can jump into and retrieve the star-power like Mario and even Luigi would do to become invincible) to be successful. Oklahoma clearly is a team that lacks the star-power that most of these one-and-done kids bring to the table. Capel could very likely continue down this road (a road familiar to OU fans who know Kelvin Sampson's recruiting philosophy and what he was able to do down the road with teams built similar to the current OU team) and be successful in later years while toughing out the rough years. Cam Clark is something special but just needs time to develop and surrounded by a team familiar with each other...this team could be near the top of the Big XII in 1 or 2 years and playing in the post-season.
Hopefully this game is that last on the list of the current losing streak and Oklahoma gets a win against a beatable Nebraska team this Wednesday.