Norman, OK—The Oklahoma Sooners drop their first home game of the season, 74-61 to the Kansas State Wildcats. From the get-go, the Sooners looked lackadaisical. The first half featured 11 Sooner turnovers but somehow Oklahoma managed to cut the lead to six as the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Sooners were a shell of themselves compared to Saturday’s game against TCU. Doolittle was a non-factor scoring, going 3-8 from the field and being held to seven points. Christian James and Rashard Odomes were the only Sooners in double figures and proved to be the only offense Oklahoma could consistently muster.
James came alive a little too late, putting up 20 points with 15 coming in the second half. Odomes was the most efficient scorer for the Sooners. His 8-10 from the floor was hindered by going 1-6 from the free throw stripe. The Sooners seventh-leading scorer wasn’t the only one that struggled from the line. Oklahoma shot 12 of 23 from the line with nine of those makes coming from Christian James.
Kansas State’s duo of Barry Brown and Dean Wade combined for 45 of the Wildcats 74 points. Despite the powerful play from the duo, Oklahoma kept the rest of the team under double figures.
The Sooners never had a lead and fought an uphill battle all night.
“[We] just have to keep fighting.”- Odomes said after the game.
With Big 12 play ramping up, some may say it’s worrisome to see Oklahoma come out flat against a team with a similar record. However, this is the Big 12 and there are peaks and valleys within every team’s season. Oklahoma heads to Texas on Saturday, followed by a trip up I-35 to play Oklahoma State January 23. This three-game stretch will show a lot of what to expect from the Sooners for the rest of the season.