For more than a decade basketball in the Big 12 Conference has belonged to the Kansas Jayhawks and it doesn't appear as if that's going to change anytime soon. After a triple-overtime classic back in January the Jayhawks needed just forty minutes to down the Sooners 76-72 in Norman, overcoming 14 turnovers and 24 personal fouls in the process.
Sophomore Devonte' Graham pestered Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, leaving the OU superstar without a field goal in the first half, while also scoring a game-high 27 points. While Hield did explode for five second half three-pointers, Kansas was able to withstand Oklahoma's rally by closing out the game on a 7-1 run, following a jumper by Isaiah Cousins that put the Sooners up 71-69 with 2:52 remaining. Cousins was Oklahoma's most consistent player, finishing the game with 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
Despite six points from Christian James, Oklahoma's bench was only able to muster a collective eight points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor.
The Sooners, the Jayhawks, and the West Virginia Mountaineers all entered Saturday tied for the top spot in the conference. The Mountaineers and Jayhawks ended the day atop the standings with the Sooners now a game back. Every contest from this point forward is must win for Oklahoma now with no room for error.