Manhattan, Kan.—Kansas State knew that a win over the Sooners would secure a share of the Big 12 regular season title as Texas Tech lost to Iowa State earlier on Saturday. This marks the first time in 15 years that Kansas has not won at least a share of the regular season title.
The first 10 minutes were an anomaly as OU looked locked in, trading blows early with the Wildcats. The Sooners last saw the lead at the 17:27 mark and the Wildcats never looked back.
Kansas State built a 10-point lead heading into the locker room and came out on the other side of the break on fire. K-State opened the second half on a 10-1 run to take a commanding lead.
The Sooners looked stagnant on offense and were out played by the Wildcats from the get go.
Christian James and Kristian Doolittle scored the first 12 points for the Sooners.
James was a non-factor outside of the first 10 minutes, being held to just 10 points after scoring 6 points to start the game.
Doolittle was responsible for the majority of Oklahoma’s offense, scoring 14 points.
Brady Manek did not find the scoring column until the second half, scoring just 4 points before picking up a questionable flagrant 2 foul while attempting to box out K-State’s Austin Trice with 4 minutes remaining in the game.
Oklahoma was out played in every sense against the Wildcats. OU allowed 16 second chance points and 17 points off turnovers. A lack of movement offensively and poor rotations defensively allowed K-State to dictate the pace all night.
Despite the loss, Oklahoma goes into the Big 12 championship with some momentum. Oklahoma cemented a spot in the NCAA Tournament last Tuesday with a 15-point win against the Kansas Jayhawks. The Sooners will face West Virginia in Kansas City to kick off the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday.