Aaand that’s a sweep. The Oklahoma Sooners were defeated by Texas Tech, 66-54, losing for the fourth time in a row in frustrating fashion. OU is now 15-9 on the season and 3-8 in Big 12 play.
The highlight of the day belonged to Caleb Freeman, the Sooners fan who was involved in a serious car accident while on his way to an Oklahoma game last season. Caleb was honored before the game during player introductions.
Only six Sooners scored in this one, and for being one of the most experienced teams in DI basketball, Oklahoma’s veterans have mostly disappointed over the last month and then some. Yes, the Big 12 is one of the premier hoops conferences in the NCAA, but too many of these performances have left a lot to be desired. The effort has been up-and-down at best, and achieving offensive and defensive consistency appears next-to-impossible. If this is how OU is going to finish out the season, some big time changes will have to be explored in the ever-approaching offseason. Fortunately, the team will have a lot of new blood in 2019-20, which will represent a fresh start for not only the program, but for Lon Kruger, as well.
As for this game in particular, in the first half, the Sooners (once again) came out utterly flat, albeit against one of the nation’s best defensive teams. Still, finding offense hasn’t exactly been easy in conference play, especially over the past few games. Texas Tech was masterful at shutting down Oklahoma from beyond the arc and contesting most shot attempts at the rim. A strong OU finish towards the break made this one a little more respectable on the scoreboard, as TTU led 35-24.
The second half began with more of the same from the beginning of the first. Texas Tech went on a run quickly to effectively put this game out of reach, going up by as many as 20 points more than once before going into cruise control. Overall, the Red Raiders thoroughly outclassed the Sooners from the field, on the glass, and in terms of sharing the basketball.
Up next, Oklahoma travels to Waco on the 11th for a Monday night bout against Baylor. The Bears handed the Sooners their worst loss of the season on January 28th in the form of a 30-point beatdown, and it could be argued that it wasn’t even that close. OU’s NCAA Tournament hopes are slipping away rapidly with every defeat, so if for nothing else, playing for pride should be enough motivation for Lon Kruger’s senior laden team.
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