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Oklahoma Sooners Overcome Slow Start, Down Texas A&M Aggies 64-52

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Houston, TX to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. After a delayed start, both teams came out cold while struggling to find an offense. Lon Kruger deployed multiple defenses before settling on a 1-3-1, giving their opponent nightmares. But, Oklahoma constantly found themselves turning the ball over for empty possessions throughout the first half. A frustrating half, OU took a 23-14 lead into the locker room, a far cry from their season average.

During the second half, the staff must have turned on the heat inside the Toyota Center as the Sooners began to find their rhythm. Oklahoma put together a solid run to pull away for good as they downed Texas A&M. All in all, this was a sloppy game that both teams will want to move on from.

The Good

Oklahoma shot exceptionally well from the charity stripe regardless of the lack of attempts. Connecting on 16-of-20 attempts, OU converted at a rate of 80%.

There was not a ton going well offensively during the stint of the game. On an off night, anything can happen. However, the Sooners refused to let the slump pull them down as they kept working. The result yielded a decent second half as they rode their performance to the winner's circle.

Where OU shined was on the defensive end of things. With a suffocating effort, Lon Kruger's 1-3-1 defense held the Aggies to 52 points on 26.9% shooting from the floor.

The Sooners won the rebounding battle as well by a margin of +10.

The Bad

The first half was excruciating offensively as the Sooners came up empty handed on multiple trips down the floor caused by 16 turnovers. However, the second half picked up right where the first left off...with more turnovers. On the evening OU committed 22 turnovers. The silver lining is that 16 of those came in the first half as the issue was corrected later in the second half.

A blueprint may have been laid as to how to slow down this fast paced offense of OU. Will other teams take notice in the future? That remains to be seen at this point in time.

Top Performers

Oklahoma Sooners: Jordan Woodard continues to show the ability to take over a game when needed. With the leading two scorers on this squad unable to find their game, Woodard took charge. He finished the outing with a game high 20 points. No other player finished with double digits in scoring for the Sooners.

Ryan Spangler finished with 13 rebounds while Tyler Neal had a career high 10 boards. Frank Booker seemed to find his range finally hitting three 3-pointers on the night.

Texas A&M Aggies: Jordan Green proved to be one of the only bright spots for the Aggies in the contest. He would finish with a team high 10 points.

Kourtney Roberson added 13 rebounds to his resume.

Up Next

The Sooners will have a short break before facing the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on December 30th at 7:00 PM CST. The contest marks the final bout before conference play begins.