As weeks go in college basketball, it doesn’t get any bigger than this for the Oklahoma Sooners. OU will have to sweep both KU and Texas at home to have any chance to dethrone Kansas as Big 12 champs. On top of that, OU will still have to win in either Austin or Morgantown. No one said it was going to be easy, but this team has an uncanny knack for overcoming adversity.
That’s why Saturday’s performance in the “Octagon of Doom” is so puzzling. Give credit to Bruce Webber and Kansas Sate for holding Buddy Hield as well as anyone can, and OU was shaky at best from beyond the arc, going 6-24. Still what is with Jordan Woodard passing up open shots? Isaiah Cousins fouling out, then kicking the ball in frustration? Where was the even keel “throw everything you have at us” Sooners?
OU stepped into the way-back machine and landed in 2015. Hopefully, that is all out of their system, and the group of players that gets praise from opposing coaches for their commitment to winning makes a return to the Lloyd Noble this week for two statement games.
Texas comes into Norman after back to back wins over Baylor and Tech. The Longhorns have lost three in a row in the LNC, and the Sooners have dominated them at home. The fact that there is a quick turnaround for Kruger’s team should bode well. No time to think about the loss to K-State.
And after four days of rest OU can then prove they are worthy heirs to the KU throne by beating the Jayhawks for the second straight year in Norman and making it up to themselves for coming up short in Lawrence.
There are no guarantees this week, even if the Sooners pick up two wins, but it would be nice to see the Sooners back on track.