OU-Arkansas: Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated grades out OU's 78-63 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Overall team performance: A

Despite a slow start, the Sooners pulled it together and dominated the Arkansas Razorbacks in their 15-point victory. They led by as much as 18 and never trailed after gaining the lead at 6-4 just more than three minutes into the contest. OU yet again out-rebounded its opponent by a sizable margin, winning that battle 38-26, and it shot 52 percent from the field, all the while holding Arkansas to just 34.5 percent. The Sooners were also opportunistic in converting 13 Hogs turnovers into 19 points.

F Andrew Fitzgerald: A

He may have been dormant in the second half, but he was anything but that in the frst. On his 21st birthday, Fitzgerald amassed 17 points and seven rebounds in 17 first half minutes. He was 7-for-10 from the field during that stretch and finished the day 7-for-11 with just another rebound added to his first half total. Fitzgerald also added a block.

F Romero Osby: A

Osby was 2-for-5, but did most of his work at the charity stripe, where he was a perfect 6-for-6 on his way to 10 points. He was equally effective on the boards, where he racked up seven rebounds. Osby also managed a pair of assists and blocks.

G Sam Grooms: B+

Grooms committed three turnovers but he really did a good job of running the offense and getting a good flow in it. He had just three assists to those three TOs, but worked it around. Grooms finished with six points on 2-for-5 shooting, while also accumulating three rebounds and a steal.

G Steven Pledger: A

This might have been Pledger's best game of the season so far, with 22 points 75 percent (9-of-12) shooting. He canned three treys in five attempts and also got in the books with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. The only blemish on his stat line, and one that keeps him from a perfect score, is his five turnovers.

G Cameron Clark: D

Clark didn't really give himself much of an opportunity to contribute in this one because he picked up two fouls in the first 1:24. So, he spent most of the game on the bench and played just 13 minutes, 12 in the second half. When he was in, Clark missed all three shots he took and went scoreless. He brought down just one rebound, but did rack up three assists.

Bench: B+

The Sooner bench was out-scored 30-23 by the Razorback reserves, but one of the most pivotal players in the game came off OU's bench. Forward Tyler Neal, largely in relief of Clark, came in and scored 18 crucial points. He was 5-for-9 from the field and 4-for-8 from long range, while also hitting all four free throws. Overall, the bench players scored 23 points on 6-of-15 shooting. They managed 13 rebounds and six assists.

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