Norman, OK—Oklahoma fell short for the fourth straight game, losing to Texas Tech 66-54. The game seemed like a must win for the Sooners as they have continued to drop in tournament seeding projections.
Shooting was a problem once again for the Sooners. OU shot 36% from the floor for the game, improving drastically in the second half after an abysmal 27% team performance in the first half.
Although defense is preached by Kruger and company, Oklahoma allowed Tech to shoot 10 of 22 from deep. The Sooners did force 14 turnovers, but only scored 12 points off of turnovers.
Oklahoma has had a problem turning the ball over all season, and today was no exception. All five starters had at least two turnovers. Aaron Calixte led the team with 4 turnovers.
Offensively, Oklahoma looked stagnant and unmotivated. A lack of communication and movement have cost the Sooners in Big 12 play.
OU settled for shots from the start, passing up open looks and over sharing the ball.
All was not lost, as Oklahoma’s passing allowed four Sooners to score double digits.
Rashard Odomes led the team with 14 points on 5 of 5 shooting and going 4 for 6 at the free throw line.
Brady Manek and Christian James both finished the game with 11 points. Manek secured 11 of the Sooners 35 rebounds on his way to a double-double.
Kristian Doolittle was a non-factor against the Red Raiders, posting 10 points and 4 rebounds. Doolittle could have had a larger influence on the game if his teammates could have found him as Tech’s defense swarmed ball carriers on the perimeter.
“It’s very disappointing to not win,” Head Coach Lon Kruger said. “but we took some steps in understanding that one: we got to get better but two: we can [get better].”
Oklahoma hits the road to face Baylor in Waco on Big Monday. Kruger’s crew looks to stop the bleeding and claw their way to an NCAA Tournament appearance.