The Oklahoma Sooners came out with their foot on the gas pedal and never looked back. It can be said that this game was decided within the first twenty minutes of play as the Kansas St. Wildcats looked flat finding themselves in a 41-22 hole. Here are few initial reactions and observations:
- Oklahoma continued to torch the nets from beyond the arc at home with 10 makes. However, the Wildcats matched the mark to even things out a bit.
- Body language often tells a lot about the mindset of a squad. Simply put, KSU seemed to be out of it before the first half came to a close.
- Marcus Foster continues his tear through the second half of conference play posting 21 points on 4-of-7 from range and 8-of-14 from the floor. This kid is talented and will be a league leader for years to come.
- Four Sooner starters scored in double-digits including Cameron Clark (11), Buddy Hield (18), Isaiah Cousins (17), and Jordan Woodard (11)
- Ryan Spangler failed to record a rebound in the first half, finishing with two on the afternoon...usually low numbers for him especially knowing he recorded 14 the first time around.
- Despite building a massive lead, the Sooners seem to let off the gas toward the close. This feature cost them a win in Manhattan.
- Both teams shot 50% or better from the floor. When is the last time that happened?
- OU led in every statistical category against K-State except for 3-point percentage
Now, at least from a fan perspective, the focus shifts to the NCAA Tournament as we are three weeks out from the close of the season. The notion is that the Big XII will take at least six teams dancing which includes the Sooners. With 20-wins, the magic number has been achieved. Where will Oklahoma be seeded and is it possible for them make it out of the first round with the group?