Texas has yet to win a conference game, and the Sooners made sure that stayed the same as the Longhorns exited the Lloyd Noble Center. Lon Kruger’s squad picked up a 73-67 win over OU’s arch rival, and improved their conference record to 4-1.
The win did not come easy. Texas has had their struggles, and it showed tonight. However, Oklahoma allowed Texas to stick around.
Texas’ offense played sloppy basketball for most of the night, but were bailed out by Oklahoma’s inability to capitalize off of the many Texas blunders.
The Red River rivals were at war for most of the first half, and the battle between the two did take a casualty. Jonathan Holmes injured his left hand early in the game, and did not return to action.
Naturally the Sooners took advantage, and headed in to the locker room with a four point lead.
The Sooners started to take over in the second half, and put on a show for a rocking home crowd. Amath M’Baye was the subject of many highlight dunks for the Sooners, but it was Romero Osby who led this team to victory.
Osby’s career-high 29 points and eight rebounds fueled the Oklahoma victory, and his leadership helped this squad overcome a Texas team that made a late push at this game, but fell short.
While the Sooners won the first meeting against the Longhorns, Rick Barnes’ squad will get their shot at revenge Feb. 27 in Austin. That late in the season, Oklahoma very well could be on the bubble, and with the way the season has gone for Texas so far, UT could simply be playing spoiler the next time these two teams meet.
Oklahoma’s seven-point win gives them their thirteenth victory of the season, but must now face the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. OU has a chance at a colossal upset this Saturday, but will need a near perfect game to do so. The Sooners and Jayhawks are set for a 3 p.m. CT tip-off, and the Sooners will once again be featured on ESPN.