In a season full of long scoring droughts, Oklahoma could ill-afford another in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened Friday night as the Sooners fell 70-55 to San Diego State in Philadelphia.
An Oklahoma offense which has struggled on repeated occasions this season did so again Friday with the lone exception being Romero Osby. The OU senior was the only player in crimson and cream in double figures and absolutely carried this team, singlehandedly preventing the final margin from being significantly worse than the eventual fifteen point deficit.
To borrow a line from Bob Stoops, 'in the end' in this type of setting (or any game really) you're going to need more than one guy to show up and sadly, Osby was the only guy for OU to show up Friday night.
Amath M'Baye was Oklahoma's second leading scorer in the game, but only finished with eight points (on 4-of-10 shooting) and was never really a factor far too often settling for jumpers (or even worse, three-pointers). Steven Pledger continued his incredibly disappointing play to close the season scoring just three points (on 1-of-8 shooting, 1-of-6 from three) and missing a decent portion of the second half because of foul trouble.
Further complicating matters were some of the strange decisions made by Coach Kruger with respect to playing time. Isaiah Cousins played 22 minutes in the game and while he scored six points and pulled down five rebounds, things just never seemed as comfortable when he was running the point. Meanwhile Sam Grooms played 18 minutes, but was on the bench for the better part of the last six minutes of the game. Also for whatever reason, Andrew Fitzgerald played just three total minutes in the entire game against a team that had no low post presence whatsoever.
Not to imply it would have changed the outcome necessarily, but just some curious decisions.
And so with the loss, this season comes to an end. A disappointing one considering they did not play particularly well Friday night, but when you step back and take a look at the bigger picture still definitely a season to be proud of and excited for the future of this program.