The start of the game gave no indication of how the game would play out. Lon Kruger watched as his squad built a 9-0 lead off four Kansas State turnovers. Unable to get a shot up on the offensive side of the floor, KSU finally had their opportunity but it ended with an air ball from about 18-feet out. How quickly things can and will change.
Coming into the evening, the Wildcats boasted the top three point defense in the conference. Deploying the defense in an effort to slow down two of the nation's top three point shooters, KSU found success. Jordan Woodard and Buddy Hield shot a combined 3-of-12 from behind the arc. The effort was indicative of how the rest of the team would perform as OU finished the game shooting 25% from three point land.
It's not hard to fathom losing at Allen Fieldhouse or even Hilton Coliseum on a regular basis. However, Bramlage Coliseum doesn't often enter the conversation. Should it? The Oklahoma Sooners fall for the second time as the No. 1 ranked team this season marking the fourth consecutive loss to the Kansas State Wildcats on the road. Player rushed into the student section as the clock hit zero finalizing the score at 80-69 in favor of K-State.
Hield finished with a game high 23 points while two other teammates, Ryan Spangler (14) and Isaiah Cousins (16) joined him the double figures. Of course, Cousins fouled out after drawing a personal foul then kicking the ball into the stands to pick up a technical immediately after.
While the Sooners were able to limit the turnovers, they failed to move the ball consistently for assists. More so, OU found themselves being out-rebounded by a Bruce Weber coaches squad. Over the past two years, Oklahoma has not faired well when opposing teams best Spangler and Khadeem Lattin on the boards. Tonight painted a similar picture followed by the worst of results...a loss.
On the other end the Wildcats took control of the game with 12:26 left in regulation and never looked back. Wesley Iwundu led the charge behind 22 points and seven assists getting unlikely candidates involved in the action. The biggest surprise of the night was the performance of Dean Wade, a freshman who consistently plays 25 minutes a game off the bench. Finding success, Wade poured in 17 points while Justin Edwards added another eleven en route to 32-10 bench point advantage for K-State sealing an upset.
Up next, Oklahoma will play the Texas Longhorns in the first installment of the Red River Rivalry.