Oklahoma Rebounds From 99-84 Loss To Texas-Arlington In Rout Of East Central
After losing their first exhibition game of the year 99-84 to Texas-Arlington in the Hurricane Harvey Relief game, Oklahoma responded back with a 114-78 win over division two foe East Central. It looked as if the Tigers would reach their average points per game from a year ago of 82.5 after scoring 45 in the first half, but the Oklahoma defense responded in the second half by allowing only 33 points.
“(We) just maintained better position between ball-and-man.” Lon Kruger said about the defense in the second half following his team’s 114-78 victory. “Thought that we contested better on the jump-shots, especially the three…Thought we just had more focus and a more conscious effort getting to the ball”
Five Sooners scored in double-digits, led by freshman Trae Young who had 23. Young bounced back from a seven turnover game against Texas-Arlington while having only one turnover to six assists. Christian James continued to show why the coaches trust him with 18 points on 6/11 shooting (3/8 from three) and six rebounds on the night. The junior was inserted into the starting lineup on Wednesday after showing this progression all summer and fall.
This was not a game that any expected Oklahoma to lose. The main objective was for them to continue to get better, and they did just that.
“Pleased that the group continues to make progress from two weeks ago.” Kruger said. “(We have) had really good practices. Working hard everyday. Made consistent progress, and obviously have a long way to go, so I’m excited about that as well.”
The Sooners preseason is now over with their first game of the season coming up on Sunday as they host Omaha at 2:00 PM CT.
The University of Oklahoma is running a promotion that allows any person with a football ticket from Saturday’s game against TCU to get free admission into the game against Omaha on Sunday.