Takeaways from an Oklahoma basketball's last stand and bushwack at Baylor

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Oklahoma men's basketball was happy not to be playing Baylor at the Ferrell Center, the former home of the Bears, on Tuesday night.

The Sooners had lost six consecutive games to Baylor in Waco. All six of those losses were at the Ferrell Center. The Bears nave moved into a brand-new arena this season, and the OU men were hoping that what occurred in the past would remain in the past.

It so happened that the new Foster Pavilion was no more welcoming to the Sooners than the previous venue with No. 12 Baylor seizing control of Tuesday's matchup early and raining down threes throughout in a 79-62 rout of the visitors from Oklahoma. It was Baylor's seventh consecutive home win over the Sooners as well as their 11th consecutive regular-season victory over Oklahoma.

Baylor junior guard Jayden Nunn scored a season-high 27 points, including 6 of 11 three-balls, and the Bears shot 54 percent for the game. All five Baylor starters scored in double figures, and there was little the Sooners could do to stop the bleeding.

Oklahoma led briefly 7-4 two and a half minutes into the game, but an 8-0 Baylor run quickly tipped the scales and the Bears never trailed after that. The score was tied at 20 with just under seven minutes to go in the first half, but Baylor knocked down three-consecutive three-point shots and outscored the Sooners 20-7 the remainder of the half to take a 40-27 margin into the locker room at intermission.

Rivaldo Soares led Oklahoma with 17 points off the bench, hitting five of six field goals. He was the only Sooner player scoring in double figures. The former Oregon transfer unfortunately left the game late in the second half with an apparent ankle injury. Soares has averaged 12.8 points in a reserve role in the past six games.

One piece of good news coming out of Tuesday's ambush on the banks of the Brazos River is that the Oklahoma men have probably played their last game at Baylor with the Sooners moving to the SEC next season.

Oklahoma's basketball series with Baylor began in 1917, The Sooners won 35 of the first 40 games, including one stretch of 30 consecutive victories. Baylor has won 15 of the last 17 games in the series, however, and as a result, OU's dominance in the all-time series has been steadily shrinking. The Sooners record versus Baylor is now 46-26 and 19-14 at Baylor.

Three takeaways from the Oklahoma loss at Baylor on Tuesday

  • Turnovers have been a continuing problem for the Sooners all season. They committed a dozen on Tuesday night at Baylor, and the Bears turned the OU miscues into 22 points.
  • For the second straight game, Oklahoma's two leading scorers on the season, Javian McCollum and Otega Oweh, scored less than 10 points. They were two of four OU starters who tallied nine points on Tuesday. In OU's home win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, McCollum, who averages 14.3 points per game, had seven points and Oweh, with a 13.3 average, scored seven.
  • OU Backup forward/center John Hugely IV is nursing a knee injury and did not make the trip to Baylor. Jalon Moore started and scored nine points along with four rebounds but was reported to be suffering from flu symptoms before the game. With about five minutes remaining int he game, Rivaldo Soares, who led the Sooners with 17 points, injured his left ankle and had to come out of the game. Oklahoma definitely needs all three players with No. 6 Kansas coming to Norman on Saturday.