Oklahoma Sooners second half surge not enough to overcome Kansas Jayhawks


The curse just won’t end.

I stuffed wings in my face at a Norman Buffalo Wild Wings as the Oklahoma Sooners were getting obliterated by the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. Part of me felt like heading home, but the Sooners gave me reason to stay and made this a close game.

OU rallied from a 51-32 deficit at halftime to momentarily take the lead in the last 20 minutes of action.

However, Kansas was just a little bit better tonight and they came out with a seven-point victory after falling to Iowa State two days ago.

Buddy Hield scored a game-high 26 points, and Isaiah Cousins added 18. However, Tashawn Thomas’ ineffectiveness in the paint and virtually no production from the bench left the Sooners looking for answers on offense all night.

OU took the lead for a bit, but Kansas snatched it away, which brought out a desperate Oklahoma offense.

The Sooners threw up some bad shots late, and sloppy play here and there really added up.

Oklahoma dropped 46 points in the last 20 minutes of the ball game, but as we mentioned and as the stat sheet proves, Kansas was just a little better, but these are teams about on par with each other.

It’s game likes these where your home court comes in handy. A rocking Phog Allen Field House got up for the Big Monday contest between two of the Big 12’s best.

Oklahoma is proving to be a solid Big 12 opponent, but getting a win on any team’s home floor is proving to be a Herculean task.

Timing, also, didn’t help OU tonight. They went to West Virginia less than a week ago and were hitting on all cylinders two nights ago against Oklahoma State. KU did just come back from Ames, but the home court advantage typically pays off when it comes to short turnarounds.

The Sooners are now 3-3, but they’ll get the rest of the week to prepare for a Saturday trip to Waco. OU has already beaten Baylor, but the Bears’ only home loss this season came by a point to KU.

Tonight was another tough break for Oklahoma, but it’s a team that can be resilient. Luckily OU will get another shot at Kansas in Norman in March. The Sooners have plenty of time to fix the kinks and compete for a Big 12 title in the conference tournament.