OU mislaid to Texas 92-86 in overtime on Wednesday night, and I’m not certain we trust what we usually saw. The Sooners led 67-45 with 7:54 left. And lost. Horrible, terrible performance. Here’s what we saw.
* This diversion was not about a down hook’em pointer displayed by Amath M’Baye. This diversion was about OU’s disaster to respond to Texas’ press. Down 22 points with reduction than 8 mins left in a game, Texas manager Rick Barnes systematic a full-court press — and a Sooners immediately looked confused and confused. Point ensure Sam Grooms was skittish, a Sooners seemed inept and Texas rode a press to victory. we haven’t seen a press work on a college spin in what seems like years. But this one did, royally. Alas for a Sooners, Texas offering adult a plans for any OU enemy a rest of a way.
* The down hook’em by M’Baye displayed after a asperse that put OU adult by 22 had zero to do with a rally. Our gal Stephanie Kuzydym reported that a Longhorns didn’t even know M’Baye had finished it. This was all about OU wilting. And it wasn’t M’Baye. It was OU’s guards who were awful down a stretch, with a array of bad plays. But a down offshoot ‘em did lead to array of tweets by a gloating Kevin Durant and a daring James Fraschilla (OU walkon). You can examination about it here. Only Durant could get divided with such pound talk. Can we suppose if Russell Westbrook or Kendrick Perkins were zinging a Sooners or Cowboys?
* we didn’t know OU’s devise for aggressive a press. I’m not observant it was wrong. I’m observant we don’t understand. Grooms and Romero Osby would start off in a core of a justice and zip to any side. Which was fine, solely it set adult an easy trap event for Texas. It did transparent a core for Steven Pledger or someone to come and get a ball, though eventually, a Sooners’ best gamble opposite a press was usually carrying Osby and M’Baye try to get a round opposite halfcourt. OU’s guards were totally wilting.
* OU missed Buddy Hield. Missed him mucho.
* Lon Kruger didn’t try to moisten a Texas movement shortly enough. After OU took a 67-45 lead with 7:54 left in a game, a Longhorns went on a 13-0 run over a subsequent 21/2 minutes. But Kruger didn’t call timeout until 4:12 left, with OU adult 69-58. The Sooners were clearly rattled, movement was surging a Longhorns’ approach and nonetheless Kruger didn’t stop a bleeding.
* Give Texas credit. The Longhorns, an offensively-challenged group if ever there was one, got unbelievably hot. Texas done a final 4 shots of regulations and all 4 of a overtime shots. That’s 8 true makes. And in a final 12:38, after OU took a 22-point lead, a ‘Horns done 12 of 14 shots and 19 of 23 tainted shots. Three of a tainted shot misses came in overtime.
* A group adult 22 points with 7:54 left in a diversion can win if it merely commits a shot time defilement on any possession a rest of a game. But a Sooners did not value their time advantage. They committed discerning turnovers and discerning shots. Here are a OU security between a 67-45 lead and when UT started fouling on purpose with 16 seconds left.
1. Isaiah Cousins 3-point miss, 9 seconds run off a shot clock. Think about that. Up 20, and a beginner who has been slumping tosses adult a 3-pointer reduction than 10 seconds into a shot clock.
2. Steve Pledger 3-point miss, 20 seconds into a shot clock. One of OU’s improved possessions, unequivocally in a final 7 minutes.
3. Sam Grooms turnover, 15 seconds into a shot clock.
4. Grooms turnover, 5 seconds into a shot clock. From a start, a Sooners had looked unsure opposite a press. But this is when we said, uh-oh.
5. Pledger 3-point miss, 13 seconds into a shot clock. Run off 10 some-more seconds on this possession and a possession that finished with a Cousins miss, and Texas substantially runs out of time.
6. Je’Lon Hornbeak missed jumper, 24 seconds into a shot clock. Not horrible. OU still led 67-54.
7. Hornbeak turnover, 8 seconds into a shot clock.
8. Grooms 3-point skip 15 seconds into a shot clock. A horrible, terrible preference by Grooms. This was a shot you’d see in a rec center, not someone severely perplexing to win a basketball game. The Sooners indeed got a basket out of a understanding — Hornbeak got a descent miscarry and scored. But this was another pointer that Grooms was clueless to a environment.
9. Grooms turnover, 5 seconds into a shot clock. This is where he frustratingly committed a conscious foul, that was nonsensical since Hornbeak was indeed nearby a basket and Texas, while sporting a 2-on-1 advantage, didn’t have a breakaway. So this became a four-point possession, and OU’s lead shrunk to 69-62 with 3:45 left.
10. Grooms tainted shots, 32 seconds into a shot clock. This was some-more like it. Run off 32 seconds, make a tainted shot. The tract is simple. Condense a clock, enhance a lead.
11. Romero Osby missed jumper, 21 seconds into a shot clock. Osby got a rebound, was fouled and done dual tainted shots. A good possession. But demeanour during this list. Ten true security though removing Osby a shot. He was a best actor on a building until Mycko Kabongo’s late heroics.
12. Osby missed jumper, 12 seconds into a shot clock. Another bad possession. OU led 72-66 with 2:15 left when this possession started. Commit a shot time violation, and it’s 72-66 with 1:40 left. Instead, it was 72-66 with 2:03 left. Six seconds left, Hornbeak fouled Kabongo, and it was 72-68 with 1:57 left instead of 72-66 with 1:40 left.
13. Pledger 3-point miss, 23 seconds into a shot clock. Not a terrible possession. The Sooners milked time and indispensable a basket, and Pledger is a strain shooter.
14. Osby tainted shots, 36 seconds into a shot clock. So finally, a good possession. One that should have won a diversion for OU. The Sooners went from a 72-71 lead with 1:11 left to a 74-71 lead with 35 seconds left.
So let’s review. Fourteen possessions. Four turnovers, 3 of them committed reduction than 10 seconds into a shot clock. Four missed shots 15 seconds or reduction into a shot clock. Only 5 security that went deeper than 20 seconds into a shot clock. Awful, awful decision-making.
* we don’t consider Kruger suspicion a diversion was over. He extrinsic Tyler Neal with 7:38 left and OU adult 67-47, though that was to rest M’Baye and strengthen him from fouling out. Neal indeed helped move a round upcourt opposite a press. He played 1:13, and when Neal went to a bench, Texas still trailed 67-51.
————-Berry Tramel can be listened Monday by Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network in Oklahoma City, including AM 640 and FM 98.1. E-mail Berry, follow him on Twitter during @BerryTramel, Like him on Facebook, or visit his website.
Good points. Texas did get really hot. we would supplement a tainted on Pledger on a 3. Should have been a no call. Shooter jumped into him.
Inbounding a round to a corners and removing trapped over and over??????? Kruger took a final 7 mins off!!!! Osby was a usually OU actor who didn’t cave!!!!!
Tramel we pronounced OU sucked before a deteriorate began – standard bandwagon jumper
I determine with Berry’s comment wholeheartedly. The promote group kept articulate about a upside down offshoot ‘em pointer like it altered a game. It was brush joining though it didn’t change anything. The disaster to kick a press altered this game. Once aged “mo” started using Texas’ way, there was no interlude it. My doubt is either or not OU can overcome this diversion in a final days of a season. This was a heartbreaker!
That’s hillarious. Down Hook’em is so dedicated to Sooners they are in denial. we watched a game. M’bye hold it right during a Horn dais for a good 30 seconds to make certain they saw it. OU wins that diversion w/o it as I’m certain UT players will acknowledge. Ask Coach Kruger if it mattered! He’s a one man not blinded by flush shades.
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The down offshoot em was to a crowd. The fact that a UT players never saw it is proof. Getting a throng into a diversion on a highway is a brush joining mistake. UT fed off a movement of spin overs that authorised them to equivocate using their offense and those points awoke a terrible throng in Austin. FYI OSU has used a press to get going several times this year, though we theory we aren’t watching.
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