The Oklahoma Sooners headed to the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, FL during Feast Week to prove that they could compete with a trio of newcomers being listed in the starting five. The first round matchup pitted Oklahoma against the UTEP Miners. While it was a game that was too close for comfort, the Sooners eventually edged out UTEP with a final score of 68-61.
The second round would prove to be too much as Oklahoma was paired with the tournament favorite and eventual champion in the #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs. With a dismal performance due to a lack of size, the Sooners were bounced to the tune of a 72-47 final marking the lowest scoring output of the season. Hopefully OU will not see those kind of numbers again.
After losing to the Zags, Oklahoma was bound to the 3rd place game against a new conference foe in the West Virginia Mountaineers. For the first time since 1996 and only the second time in history, the Big XII would have two teams face one another in a non-conference game. The Sooners came prepared and walked away with a win over a predicted Old Spice Classic finalist in West Virginia. Go Tweet That!
While it was certainly a team effort in getting to this point, it was Romero Osby who shined and provided a steady source of scoring as well as rebounding. Osby led the Sooners in scoring with a 12.3 average per game to go along with 7 rebounds per game. However, it was his shot selection that stood out as Osby converted 57% of shots on his way to earning All-Tournament Honors.
The complete list looks like this:
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Nik Cochran, Davidson
Romero Osby, Oklahoma
Milton Jennings, Clemson
MVP: Elias Harris, Gonzaga