After every conference home game, Sooners Illustrated is going to take a look at the five things that were revealed in Oklahoma’s basketball game. Up now is OU’s shocking 68-60 loss to Texas Tech.
No. 1: Live by the three and die by the three
OU made a season-high 14 3-pointers in its win against Baylor on Saturday. But the shots weren’t falling at all against the Red Raiders. And simply put the Sooners had no answer on how to get the offense going without being able to make a steady amount of 3-pointers. Buddy Hield was an atrocious 1-of-10 from 3-point territory, while the team was 6 of 27 or just 22 percent on its attempts. One off night from the perimeter in an event like the Big 12 tournament or NCAA tournament, and that will be all she wrote for the Sooners.
No. 2: Spangler must reemerge
One off game from Ryan Spangler is OK because the team lifted him up. But for some reason Spangler wasn’t able to bring it once again with only five points and four rebounds. The Sooners absolutely do not need him to score, but the four rebounds are troubling. OU needs his energy, needs his determination on the boards. Tech did a great job of limiting his effectiveness, and Spangler took full responsibility for what happened after the game. P>
No. 3: Nonexistent crowd
There’s no denying how great the OU crowd was for Bedlam, but that feeling has yet to been duplicated the rest of this season. Wednesday wasn’t a late arriving crowd, it was a crowd that didn’t really arrive at all. OU likes to announce two attendance numbers. The attendance was listed as 9,956, but the estimated attendance was 5,431. If you were there, you know there probably wasn’t 5,000 fans in Lloyd Noble Center. OU came out flat and couldn’t rely on the crowd to get it out of its funk.
No. 4: Woodard, Hield with off nights
OU has had games where Hield wasn’t on fire. There have been games when freshman guard Jordan Woodard wasn’t at his best. But Wednesday marked a rare occasion where neither of them were productive. The two combined to go 2-of-19 from the floor, 1 of 12 from 3-point territory, 0 of 2 from the free throw line and combined for eight of OU’s 14 turnovers and five points combined. Without those two to provide a spark, the offense stumbled for most of the night. P>
No. 5: Wounded Bedlam
What a difference a few weeks makes. The first Bedlam showdown looked to be a showdown between two of the best teams in the conference. This one is shaping up to be a lot different. The Sooners have lost three of their last four, while Oklahoma State is still on a downward spiral. The Cowboys have lost six of their last seven, including the last two at home. It will be OSU’s second game without Marcus Smart, who is serving a three-game suspension.