Fort Worth, TX—The Oklahoma Sooners snap their five-game losing streak, beating the TCU Horned Frogs 71-62. The win was a much needed one, not just for tournament hopes but for the Sooners confidence. With the regular season winding down, each game becomes more and more important. Oklahoma isn’t out of woods yet. A lot of work still needs to be done to reach March Madness.
Brady Manek added 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting and hauled in 7 rebounds.
Senior Guard Christian James also finished with 14 points. James continued to be the Sooners best two-way player as he swiped 3 steals and 5 assists.
Kristian Doolittle looked like he did earlier in the season, putting up a double-double with game leading 21 points as well as 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Doolittle sparked a 20-5 run to end the first half which led to the Sooners gaining their first lead of the game.
Once Oklahoma took the lead, they never looked back. OU lead from the 3:54 mark in the first half, on. OU improved upon their 2-point halftime lead, extending it to 10 points on four occasions.
Defense was key for Oklahoma as they held the Horned Frogs to 35% shooting. TCU could not get to the free throw line shooting just 8 free throws all game.
The Sooners chances to make the tournament are slim but there is still a chance. The road is not easy as OU still has regular season contests against Texas, Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas and Kansas State before heading to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament. OU’s best chances to make the tournament is to beat Texas, West Virginia and one more.
OU’s gauntlet continues next Saturday as the Sooners host the Texas Longhorns at 11 AM.