Game Grades: Oklahoma 73, Texas 67

Jan 19, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lon Kruger yells at his team during a 69-60 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

A. Romero Osby – A career-high 29 points helped Oklahoma overcome the Texas Longhorns, which once again proved how valuable Osby is to this team. He has been the MVP for this team, and in a big game with a national audience, Osby delivered and impressed while the country was watching.

B. Home atmosphere – It wasn’t as electric as it was in the Blake Griffin Era, but it was pretty darn close. The ESPN Big Monday spotlight brought out the best in the student section, who made themselves heard throughout the entire night. The white out was a great idea by the OU staff, because while the team is grabbing some attention, there were still several seats vacated. Though, the white shirts on the seats camouflaged them quite well.

C. Oklahoma’s first half offense – This could have been a blowout. Had the Sooners taken advantage of a Texas team that struggled to find any rhythm, this could have been ugly. If Lon Kruger’s squad wants to be a tournament team, then they are going to have start capitalizing off of other team’s mistakes. They allowed the Horns to stick around, and they can not do this against Kansas on Saturday.

D. Texas’ turnovers – It was almost unwatchable basketball. Texas’ offense gift-wrapped the ball to Oklahoma like it was Christmas inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Give credit to Oklahoma’s defense, they are a team that can create offense out of defense. However, there is a definite reason why Texas has yet to win a conference game.

F. James Fraschilla’s air guitar – There were plenty of dunks that brought back memories of Blake Griffin, and one in particular sparked this amazing GIF of Fraschilla rocking the air guitar. This wasn’t necessarily a failure, but it was outright hilarious.

Topics: Basketball, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns

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