LUBBOCK, Texas – All the talk Friday was about how the tickets for the Bedlam showdown Monday night have been sold out at Oklahoma.
Problem was the Sooners still had one more game to play before they could start looking at their in-state rival.
Now the talking can begin. Playing one of its most complete games of the season, OU handled Texas Tech all day in a 74-65 road victory Saturday afternoon.
The No. 25th-ranked Sooners never trailed, and Tech never got within four points in the second half. Give credit to coach Lon Kruger for the design and the players for the execution.
When the Red Raiders were making their run, time and time again OU had the answer. On two occasions sophomore guard Buddy Hield drained a corner 3-pointer to quiet the crowd.
And senior forward Cameron Clark silenced them for good with an alley-oop dunk and foul on an inbounds pass from Jordan Woodard with 2 seconds left on the shot clock with less than four minutes left in the game.
Woodard played a huge role in the victory. After a disappointing two-point effort Wednesday, Woodard notched 15 points with eight assists. Struggling from the outside, Woodard was able to connect on all three of his 3-point attempts. Hield led all scorers with 18 points, including making four 3-pointers, while Clark pitched in with 17 points.
With Clark and Woodard producing, the Sooners didn’t need to rely on sophomore forward Ryan Spangler for a big productive night with points. He did, though, do what he always does and grabbed 10 rebounds.
OU (16-4) took control early and never trailed in the game. The Sooners took a 38-29 lead into halftime. Though Tech got to within four points on two occasions, OU always had the answer to earn its third consecutive victory and a tie for second in the conference at 5-2.
No. 11 Oklahoma State took care of its business against West Virginia to set up a heavily anticipated Bedlam showdown 8 p.m. CST on Monday in Norman. OSU has not win at OU since 2004.