The Oklahoma Sooners improved to 6-1 on the young season as Lon Kruger’s team defeat former OU assistant Steve Henson’s Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners by a score of 97-85. Trae Young led the way for the Sooners with 28 points while Jamuni McNeace and Christian James chipped in 15 and 14, respectively.
- Three-point shooting - OU again struggled a bit from beyond the arc, hitting only 11 of its 37 attempts from deep (29.7%). Again, the looks were absolutely there for the Sooners tonight, but it’s just a matter of capitalizing. I feel like this team will truly get hot from deep at some point — it just hasn’t happened yet.
- Christian James - James still struggled to get going from deep, but he did some really nice things for the Sooners tonight. Offensively, he forced the issue by going to the basket and finishing around the rim. James also had eight rebounds and really showed a lot of effort out there.
- The big men - Khadeem Lattin continued to have success down low this evening as he pulled in 11 rebounds while also adding a pair of blocks and a steal. His backup, Jamuni McNeace, continued to flash exceptional upside as he scored 15 points (7-8 FG), grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. There aren’t many teams in the counties with two centers of this caliber.
The Sooners travel to Los Angeles the Friday to meet the No. 25 USC Trojans for a 9:30 PM CT game at the Staples Center. USC came into the season with a considerable amount of hype but dropped its last two games to Texas A&M and SMU. They have a lot of talent. However, they’re clearly a team that OU will have a chance against. The game will be televised on ESPN2.