Riding a two-game skid coming into Saturday night's Bedlam contest against Oklahoma State, the Sooners were in desperate need of a win. Having lost at home to Kansas State, in overtime, and getting steamrolled on the road at West Virginia, OU was in danger of falling below .500 in conference play.
It was a resurgent Sooners team that took the floor though and not only did they win in 2015's first version of Bedlam Basketball, they won big. A look at the box score tells the story of Oklahoma's domination over their in-state rivals but you'll need to look a bit beyond that sheet of paper to see the complete story.
FINAL BOX SCORE: Hield (27 points) perfect from field as #Sooners roll to 11th straight #Bedlam home win, 82-65. pic.twitter.com/T4SXVpo3qe— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) January 18, 2015
* This game marked just the second time since the 2005 season that both teams were ranked when they faced each other.
* Oklahoma's 82-65 win improved their overall record in this series to 132-95. Not as dominating as the football record but we'll take in anyway.
* Oklahoma State scored the first basket of the game and briefly held a 2-0 lead over the Sooners. OU would score the next 11 points of the contest and never look back from there.
* Buddy Hield led all scorers with 27 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor, including 4-for-4 from three-point range. He also provided this gem.
Holy Boomer Sooner. Here's your dunk of the night. #Bedlam https://t.co/U89emyy5W9— CC Machine (@CCMachine) January 18, 2015
* Hield has been Oklahoma's leading scorer for four consecutive games now.
* Ryan Spangler provided the home crowd an authoritative "and one" jam with just under three minutes remaining in the game. The three-point play pushed him to his fifth double-double of the season as he finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ryan Spangler is challenging Buddy for that dunk of the night award. Spangler now has a double-double https://t.co/lGavLHgtZh— CC Machine (@CCMachine) January 18, 2015
* Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte are the Big 12's leading scorers at 17.9 and 17.8 respectively and both were held to under their season averages.
* The Cowboys were the 15th opponent that Oklahoma has held to under their scoring average on the season. Only Tulsa and West Virginia scored more than their average when playing the Sooners.