The Oklahoma Sooners haven’t played a home game since Nov. 21, and they’re certainly ready to return home after dropping back-to-back games in front of hostile crowds at Wichita State and Creighton. On Tuesday night, OU fell to the Bluejays by a score of 83-73 and dropped to 7-3 on the young season.
Once again, the Sooners struggled from the field, this time shooting 23/69 (33.3 percent) overall and 8/32 (25 percent) from three. Kristian Doolittle and Brady Manek, however, did their part in the losing effort, as Doolittle ended up going contributing 21 points on 8/15 shooting (2/3 from deep) while Manek pitched in 17 of his own on 6/12 shooting (2/4 from three). Additionally, Doolittle pulled down 15 rebounds, which is just one shy of his season high (16 against Oregon State).
Austin Reaves led the team in scoring (23) and did a great job getting to the line (13/14), but his 4/16 performance from the field was the product of him occasionally trying to do a bit too much.
On a positive note, the Sooners once again took care of the basketball, as they only turned it over eight times against the Bluejays. Entering the game, OU was averaging only per game, which ranked third nationally. This kind of thing gives you hope the team can stay in games when the shooting isn’t on point (which could be the case quite often, unfortunately).
The Sooners finally return home for a game this Saturday against the UCF Golden Knights, which tips off at 1 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.