There are no "easy" games in the Big 12 conference this season but No. 1 Oklahoma (17-2) certainly made it look easy Tuesday night in Norman. Texas Tech (12-7) played Kansas, Iowa State, and West Virginia all within 10 points so many weren't expecting Oklahoma to walk in to the Lloyd Noble Center with an easy win, but they came out on top by 24 points after a spectacular night shooting the ball.
Buddy Hield had 30 points, six rebounds, three assists, and a steal and continues to show why he's front runner for player of the year in the Big 12 and national player of the year. He made 5/8 three pointers and sunk a couple of really far shots from beyond the NBA three point line. The team shot 12/23 on three pointers and 52.6% on field goals. Isaiah Cousins showed he's truly out of his slump with a solid 19 points and six rebounds. Khadeem Lattin came up big on defense with eight blocks and four rebounds to go with six points.
Texas Tech scored 39 points in the first half but was held to 28 in the second. Oklahoma played good defense throughout the game, holding the Red Raiders to just 32.4% from the field. The 21 offensive rebounds were what kept Tech in the game for 25 minutes, but Oklahoma dominated on both ends of the court after that.
Here's one of Hield's amazingly-ridiculous shots tonight :
Buddy from waaaaaay downtown. Bang. #Sooners https://t.co/JSysj1XoGe— OUHoops (@ouhoops) January 27, 2016
Not too shabby.
The No. 1 Sooners take on Ben Simmons and LSU (12-7) this Saturday in their next game for the Big 12-SEC Challenge that will be a day long event.