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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: OU Can’t Pull Off Upset, Loses to Kansas 73-63

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OU blew a 12-point lead in the second half of this one.

After fighting throughout the game, and even grabbing a 12-point lead in the second half, Oklahoma could not get the job done on Senior Night in Lawrence. However, this game showed just how good this team can be. The future is bright (I know, I know). Here is what you missed.

  • Senior Night began disastrously for KU and wonderfully for OU. The Jayhawks began the game 1-7 and nearly went scoreless in the first four minutes of play. However, Oklahoma’s 3-11 shooting only allowed them to lead 7-3 going into the first media timeout.
  • Despite the Sooners shooting only 29.4 percent from the floor, they lead KU 12-9 with just 11:21 to go in the first half. A pair of 3-pointers helped push OU ahead of KU.
  • With 7:48 to play, OU and KU were knotted up at 18 apiece. Both teams were in the bonus by this point in the game, with KU being in the double bonus. Kansas was shooting 35.7 percent from the floor compared to Oklahoma’s 27.3 percent, but OU also had five offensive boards compared to KU’s two.
  • The Sooners regained the lead and were up 26-25 with 3:59 left in the half. One of the biggest factors was that the Sooners only had five turnovers compared to the Jayhawks nine at that point in the game.
  • The game was all tied up at the half, with Khadeem Lattin and Kristian Doolittle leading the way. Lattin scored eight points and had three rebounds, with Doolittle scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds. Oklahoma had three blocks and six second-chance points.
  • Oklahoma came out slugging in the second-half, pushing their lead to seven points with 14:15 left in the game. Oklahoma had grabbed 10 offensive boards at that point.
  • The soaring Sooners didn’t stop, widening the lead to 10 points with 12:21 left, forcing Kansas into a timeout. OU’s shooting percentage surpassed KU at that point, shooting 34 percent from the floor.
  • A 10-4 run by Kansas allowed Kansas to cut the lead to just 4 points with 7:07 left in the half. Kansas was shooting 6-16 from the 3-point line at this point in the game.
  • After leading by 12 points, Oklahoma gave up a 27-8 run to Kansas, falling behind by seven points with 2:39 left in the game.
  • Oklahoma fell short, 73-63. McGusty lead the team in scoring with 14 points, with Lattin and Doolittle contributing 12 points each. Kansas ended the game on a 31-9 run.

3 Takeaways

  1. The Jayhawks crushed the Sooners’ hopes from the 3-point line, especially in the second half. KU went 9-19 from beyond the arch, and most of those occurred in crucial moments for them.
  2. OU led for well over half the game, had 15 second-chance points compared to KU’s 3, and committed four fewer turnovers than the Jayhawks.
  3. KU had 14 fast-break points, while the Sooners did not score any fast break points on the night.

Oklahoma faces TCU on Saturday in the last game of the regular season. The game will tip at 2:00 PM CT.