On Saturday afternoon, the Oklahoma Sooners were blitzed up and down the court by the Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-13, 4-10) inside Gallagher-Iba Arena to the tune of 83-66. With this
total annihilation loss in Bedlam, OU falls to 16-11 on the season and 6-8 in Big 12 play while its NCAA Tournament hopes plummet.
Sooners fall to the Cowboys in Stillwater, 83-66.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 22, 2020
Junior forward Austin Reaves was the lone bright spot on an otherwise poor performance all-around. His 22 points were one shy from tying his season-high, and for a stretch in the second half he kept the Sooners in the game before their doors were completely blown off.
Bieniemy finds Reaves for the 3⃣ to give Oklahoma an early 10-point lead. pic.twitter.com/60wzkf7nOs— OUHoops (@ouhoops) February 22, 2020
So how did this one play out? Judging by the opening five minutes of the game, the final score would have been impossible to believe. Oklahoma was up 10-2 early, and 21-11 halfway through the first. Then an Oklahoma State 16-2 run gave the Cowboys a four-point lead and all the momentum in the building. With the raucous orange crowd back and roaring in full force, the two in-state rivals battled back and forth before OSU pulled away for a 42-36 halftime lead.
In the second half, Oklahoma State picked up right where it left off in the first, scoring eight points before OU made any type of response. Once the Pokes’ advantage ballooned to 15, a quick 11-2 run thanks in large part to Reaves cut the deficit down to six. However, it didn’t take long for the Sooners to once again show no signs of life, the difference this time being that it was for good. Senior forward Cameron McGriff and freshman forward Kalib Boone led the charge for OSU with 28 and 14 points, respectively, and OU simply could not do anything about it.
After dropping 30 on the Pokes in Norman earlier this season, junior forward Brady Manek was a total no-show on the road. His insignificant two points on 1-8 shooting might have been the biggest difference between the two 2020 rounds of Bedlam. In any case, it was certainly a major factor as to why OU got boat-raced in Stillwater.
Going down the regular season stretch, Oklahoma is going to need a complete reversal of the last few games if they want any consideration for competing in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Coming into the day, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projected OU as a 10-seed, and trending down. Unfortunately for Lon Kruger and company, this loss might have been enough to push the Sooners just outside the bubble.
Up next, Oklahoma returns to Lloyd Noble center to host Texas Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Earlier this month, the Red Raiders pulled away late to close out the Sooners, 69-61 in Lubbock. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT, and can be seen on ESPN2.
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