So this is what it felt like to watch Ali vs. Fraser. Number one Kansas and Number one Oklahoma gave us a show on Monday. Unfortunately, for the Sooners, this 15 round fight ended with the Jayhawks winning in triple overtime 109-106. As heartbreaking as the outcome was most, OU fans will find it hard to be too disappointed. Really what more could you ask? Buddy Hield scored 46 points; Jordan Woodard poured in 27, and Ryan Spangler had a quiet double-double. At every turn, Oklahoma found a way to overcome adversity, something they have gotten good at this season.
Last year’s team would have folded in the first overtime when Khadeem Lattin failed to hit a free throw that would have won the game in regulation. Not, this group, there is a determination we haven’t seen since the days of Billy Tubbs. This team keeps proving that they are an impossible out. For two straight games, Isaiah Cousins has not been himself, and OU has had no problem finding someone to take up the slack.
Both teams left everything they had on the floor; this game came down to Kansas having one more play than OU. Frank Mason’s block of Buddy Hield inbound pass kept the Sooners from breaking a 23-year-old curse. Lon Kruger and company also have some other things to clean up and at some point the front court needs to produce.
Oklahoma get’s another crack at Kansas on February 13th, if Saturday is any indication the LNC will be loud and the Jayhawks will have to deal with OU’s crowd. So while the road to the Big 12 still may run through Lawerence for now, a detour could be coming.