Oklahoma basketball: Numbers that matter from OU’s Bedlam loss

PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Rashard Odomes
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Rashard Odomes /

At season end, the Oklahoma basketball team is going to look back to Week 11 of the college hoops season and wish it could have it back.

The Sooners trailed big early, lead by five late, but lost by a single bucket in overtime in a Bedlam rematch at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Without a career-high 48-point performance by Oklahoma’s Trae Young, the Sooners would never have been in this game.

The sensational Sooner freshman bettered his nation-best scoring average by nearly 19 points, but it took him 39 shots from the field to bag 14 field goals. The remainder of the Oklahoma team was 14 for 33 in the game, and that’s not going to get it done, especially in a conference as good as the Big 12 is top to bottom.

Young had a phenomenal game, but Oklahoma lost this game because they were far too one-dimensional on offense and because they allowed the game to get away before 10 minutes had gone by in the opening half.

Oklahoma shot under 30 percent in the opening 10 minutes of the game, and by that time Oklahoma State had opened a 25-6 advantage. The Sooners eventually fought all the way back and took their first lead with a little over seven minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the deep hole OU had dug for itself in the first half. cost them the game.

Oklahoma erased the 12-point halftime deficit in the second half and owned a three-point advantage with 11 seconds to go in regulation, only to have Oklahoma State’s Kendall Smith nail a deep three-point shot to tie the game with just two seconds to go in the game. The Sooners never led in overtime and went down to defeat for the fourth time this season and the second time in the same week.

That, in a nutshell, is the sum and substance of the Oklahoma loss in Bedlam Part II at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Here are a dozen more numbers that matter from this game:

2 – Back-to-back road losses to unranked teams by Oklahoma in the past week. Sure to result in a rankings tumble come Monday.

6 – Six of Oklahoma’s first 14 points came on goaltending calls against Oklahoma State.

7 – Rebound margin for Oklahoma over OSU: 57 for the Sooners, including 25 on the offensive glass; 50 for Oklahoma State.

7 – Turnovers by Trae Young in the OSU game after committing 12 earlier in the week at Kansas State.

8 – Points in the game by Christian James and Brady Manek, the most scoring in the game by any Sooner not named Trae Young.

19 – Points by which OU trailed after 10 minutes in the game (25-6).

20 – Three-point shot attempts by Trae Young, more than twice as many as any other player in the game.

28 – Bench points by Oklahoma State reserves, compared with seven points from the OU bench.

43.8 – Oklahoma’s three-point percentage (7 out of 16) in the second half of the Oklahoma State game after going 3 for 16 (18.8 percent) in the first half.

48 – Trae Young’s point total in Bedlam Part II vs. Oklahoma State represented the fifth highest in OU program history.

75 – Points scored by Trae Young in the two games with Oklahoma State this season, an average of 37.5 per contest.

13,611 – Attendance at Gallagher-Iba Arena for Saturday’s Bedlam game.