Entering Tuesday, Oklahoma was riding high after a big win over the Iowa State Cyclones. However, Lon Kruger’s former school sent the Sooners back down to the earth.
Kansas State knocked off the 25th-ranked Sooners, 72-66, in Manhattan, KS. This one coming right before a big trip to Waco against the Baylor Bears.
Oklahoma’s usual high-scoring offense was held by a Wildcat defense looking to bounce back after a humbling loss to the Kansas Jayhawks.
Marcus Foster had himself a big performance on national television with 18 points, hitting four-of-eight from the perimeter. The ‘Cats as a whole shot the three-ball extremely well, hitting 11-of-21 from the perimeter.
Oklahoma gave Kansas State a solid fight, a fight that required K-State to come from behind late in the game. However, the Sooners were not the same team they were Saturday.
Ryan Spangler had another monster game, and continues to impress as one of the best big men in the conference. However, Cameron Clark had a total of two points in the game, though the Sooners still held tough.
Despite shooting 33.3% from the field, Oklahoma had opportunities at the end of the game.
With under three minutes, both teams were tied at 63 a piece. Shane Southwell found Marcus Foster, however, for a trey that would give Kansas State the lead for the rest of the way.
Kansas State’s Nino Williams nailed all four of his free throw attempts in the final minute, sealing the deal for Kansas State.
The Sooners dropped only their fourth game of the season with the loss, and it’s hard losing a game that was well within reach. However, the Sooners are now 2-2 in conference play and look forward to a lunch date with the Baylor Bears Saturday.
As the trend has shown, OU has bounced back with a win after their first three losses. Hopefully that will continue for Lon Kruger’s squad this weekend.