According to ESPN, Oklahoma entered Tuesday night with a 98% chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Let’s hope that was accurate, because this team sure didn’t do itself any favors getting obliterated by Baylor 87-64
Look, at this point I’m honestly not sure what to say about this team. The past three weeks have been an absolute tire fire. Nobody outside of Trae Young seems to want to win games, and even he has been exposed as mortal over the past eight games. Young looked fresh at the beginning of the game, but his teeamates once again failed to capitalize on the opportunities he created for them. The freshman phenom finished the game with 18 points (7-20), five assists and eight turnovers. On the bright side, Young set the Big 12 regular-season scoring record and surpassed the 800-point mark on the 2017-18 campaign.
Brady Manek continued to be wildly inconsistent, tallying just 4 points on 1-4 shooting and 0 rebounds. His poor shooting was reflective of an abysmal team effort. OU shot just 37% from the field and 23% from three-point range. The Sooners’ 19 point first half tonight was their lowest total in any half this season. On top of that, the defense, rebounding and general effort were lacking for this team once again.
Like I said, OU is probably still safe in terms of its NCAA Tournament chances, but it’s looking like a 10-11 seed may be he reality this team faces just a few months after being ranked No. 4 in the country.
The Sooners wrap up the regular season at home against Iowa State on Friday.