The Oklahoma Sooners looked to keep the momentum going against Wisconsin, but subpar perimeter defense doomed them as they fell to Wisconsin by a score of 78-58 and dropped to 4-1 on the season. OU will play the loser of the game between Virginia and Dayton tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. CT on ESPN or ESPN2.
#Sooners suffer their first loss of the season, falling to No. 25 Wisconsin.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) November 22, 2018
OU will play for third place in Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday at 10:30 a.m. CT.
Oklahoma displayed a lot of toughness in the first half and actually led, 28-25, at the 1:50 mark. However, OU trailed 31-28 at the half and started the second on a sour note. With Jamuni McNeace on the bench with three fouls, Wisconsin began to get some things going down low and created a bit of an early gap. Things got worse as the perimeter defense began to break down, and the Badgers ended the day 14-22 from three-point range. The Badgers’ D’Mitrik Trice did a sizable chunk of the damage, sinking seven of his eight three-point attempts.
Offensively, Oklahoma never able truly get going against a really solid defensive team. However, Christian James did quite well, scoring 18 points and going 7-12 from the field and 4-8 from three.
Christian James throws it down pic.twitter.com/XVcwSUrKMK— Sports Daily (@SportsDGI) November 22, 2018
Virginia and Dayton will face off at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN, with the loser meeting Oklahoma in Friday’s third-place game.