Long faces in Norman (AP Photo/Jeffrey Haderthauer)
Wasn't Meant To Be
You just knew it. When Jabahri Brown scores seven points in just eight minutes of play, the planets are not aligned for an easy afternoon in Norman. Need more proof? Oklahoma (19-4 overall, 10-2 Big 12) guards Hollis Price and Quannas White combined for 7-9 from behind the arc and together scored 38 points. Kansas down by 32 points early in the second half. Ouch. Tough to steal a win against a pumped up, motivated and talented Oklahoma squad playing at home. It wasn't meant to be, as the Sooners downed the Jayhawks 77-70 on Sunday afternoon.
Hinrich and Simien Shoulder the Load
Offense was hard to come by, especially in the first half as the Jayhawks trailed 47-26 at the break. Early in the second half, Aaron Miles missed on four attempts at the basket, Langford and Graves each missed one - and the Jayhawks only managed to add only one point (a freethrow from Nick Collison) to their halftime total going into the first TV timeout. Oklahoma? They hit 5-6 from the field in that stretch and led the Jayhawks 59-27 with just over 15 minutes to play.
It was at this point in the game that the KU bus driver was seen leaving with keys in his hand.
All was not lost, however, as Kansas managed to finally find some legs offensively, successfully getting the ball inside to Wayne Simien and Nick Collison. Simien, despite playing with obvious pain in his right shoulder, managed to score 17 points and grab 7 boards in just 24 minutes of action. Collison, who struggled to find the basket in the first half, added a double-double scoring 15 points and nearly matching that total in rebounds with 14. Senior guard Kirk Hinrich dropped in 21-points on 8-15 shooting before fouling out late in the game.