Wednesday night going into the second round of Bedlam, everyone expected Oklahoma to blow this game out due to Oklahoma State missing two of their best offensive threats in freshman guard Jawun Evans who blistered OU with 42 points earlier in the season and Jeffrey Carroll. Early on that wasn’t the case though, with both teams having a rough time offensively, but due to the Sooners increasing both their defensive and offensive game, they pulled this one out 71-49.
The telling story this game was undoubtedly Ryan Spangler, who dropped 26 points and collected 14 rebounds. Not to mention, he was 4-of-6 from 3-point. Buddy Hield finished with 17 points but really didn’t have a great game offensively, shooting 33 percent from the field and 2-of-6 from three. As a matter of fact, Jordan Woodard, Buddy, and Isaiah Cousins only combined for 26 points which is severely under the season average for those three.
The difference between this game and other games was that the team learned how to find something else to capitalize on when they weren’t having a good shooting night. Here of late, Oklahoma hasn’t shot as well as they have all season and it seemed to really bother them because they couldn’t find a substitute for it.
Look for Oklahoma to end this season on a high note though, with the conference championship on the line as well as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Round two of the Red River Rivalry is on Saturday against a ranked Texas team and then they return home to play No. 19 Baylor. Their last game of the regular season is against TCU, who we all know isn’t much of a competition for this team. It’s a tough final stretch for the Sooners but look for them to pull it out, more than likely get the second spot in the Big 12 Conference and will go into the tournament as a one-seed.
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