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Sooners, Minus Woodard, Blown Out by No. 4 Bears in Conference Opener

Sooners, Minus Woodard, Blown Out by No. 4 Bears in Conference Opener

The news that Jordan Woodard would miss his second-straight game came shortly before game time, and the writing was already on the wall. The Sooners played abysmally in a 76-50 blowout loss to Baylor in their conference opener, shooting just 33% on the night.

The Bears jumped on the Sooners early, with coach Drew Taylor’s squad scorching from three-point range early. The Bears played exceptionally wire-to-wire:

“We did a great job. Coming off a break, you’re always worried the first game back, your team’s not going to be as sharp,” Drew said. “But I thought we were really good for most of 40 minutes. We never really had any letdowns.”

Johnathan Motley led the way for the Bears, scoring 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.

This iteration of the Sooners is decidedly not how coach Kruger envisioned it:

“Since June…we talked about needing to grow quickly,” Kruger said. “We’ve tried to force it and yet it’s a process. There’s a line where confidence becomes a factor.”

Unfortunately, there was little to take away in terms of confidence. Christian James was the only OU player in double digits, scoring 12. Jordan Woodard, the team’s leading scorer, was held out of the game. Although he missed the previous game due to a leg injury, an undisclosed ‘medical situation’ held him out against Baylor:

“As you know, all we can say is that it is a medical situation that will continue to be evaluated and monitored,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Hopefully (he’ll return) sooner than later but there’s no timetable at this point.”

The Sooners fall to 6-6, 0-1 in conference play. They’ve lost four straight. Baylor improves to a perfect 12-0, one of four undefeated teams in the nation. Next up for the Sooners: they take on TCU in Ft. Worth on January 3rd.

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