If stopping Andrew Wiggins was the goal. The Sooners succeeded.
One of the top players in the country was held to nine points on 2-of-9 shooting in a high-scoring affair, though a normal game by Norman standards.
Oklahoma tried to duplicate their upset of last year, but failed, losing to the Jayhawks, 90-83.
If there is one positive to take away from this game, the Sooners can shoot with the best of them. However, these guys are not as effective on defense.
The Sooners allowed the Jayhawks to shoot 54.7% from the field (29-53) and 50% (8-16) from the perimeter.
Leading the Jayhawks was Wayne Selden, Jr., who torched the Sooners from three. Selden had a total of 24 points, and received help from Perry Ellis’ 22 point effort.
Kansas got out early, but the Sooners never backed down. Cameron Clark showcased his abilities and gained a lot of attention from his 32 point outing.
Though, we have seen this movie before. Clark had another 32 point performance this season. That one came in OU’s loss to the Michigan State Spartans.
Clark just can’t do it by himself. Ryan Spangler had only four points and could not help the Sooners win the rebounding battle, who were outworked 22 to Kansas’ 36 boards.
Buddy Hield, Jordan Woodard, and Tyler Neal were the only other Sooners in double figures, with Cousins struggling and Booker only hitting one of his signature trey’s.
Kansas was just the better team. Oklahoma pestered Kansas all night with sporadic runs, but could never really get out in front. This was, also, a Kansas team that was coming off a loss and looking for redemption.
The Sooners are now 12-3 on the season with a 1-1 conference record. Next up for the Sooners are the undefeated Iowa State Cyclones.
Oklahoma will get the benefit of playing at home, and tip-off is scheduled for 11 AM. That could spell problems for the team that does not wake up, and hopefully it’s the visitors.