The Oklahoma Sooners debuted on Friday night against Washburn in an exhibition match-up. Looking to pick up where the team left off, a few new faces contributed to the cause as OU eclipsed the 100 point barrier. By the end of the night, the Sooners poured in 112 while holding Washburn to a mere 62.
Turnovers played a major role during four quarters of play as the smothering Oklahoma defensed created 24 of them. Off those 24 turnovers, Buddy Hield and the rest of the crew added 47 points to the scoreboard. Defense continues to be a strong suit of this Lon Kruger led team. The rest of the Big XII should be on high alert with this crew and Bob Chipman agrees.
Washburn head coach Bob Chipman on #Sooners: "Get ready, Big 12."— Joey Helmer (@joeyhelmer10) November 7, 2015
However, Washburn head coach takes the comment one step further in complimenting the Sooners and their play on Friday...
Bob Chipman on #Sooners: "I hope I see them in the Final Four. I think they’re that good."— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) November 7, 2015
As expected, Hield led all scorers with 20 points of his own. However, he'll get a bit of help it seems in the scoring effort from some unfamiliar faces. True freshman, Christian James added 14 points hitting three shots from beyond the arc. Needless to say, this team added a bit of fire power at nearly every position during the offseason.
Newcomer Rashard Odomes drew multiple fouls putting himself at the charity stripe where he earned the majority of his points. Connecting on 10-of-13 attempts from the free throw line the freshman finished with 12 points while only attempting two field goals. In total, the Sooners shot 27-of-37 from the stripe.
Up next, the Sooners host Mid America in the final exhibition before facing off against the Memphis Tigers.