OU-Kansas: Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. — The grades are in from Saturday afternoon's 72-61 loss to the Jayhawks.

Overall team performance: C+

The Sooners hung in until after halftime and actually had the lead at intermission, 34-33. But that's when the Jayhawks took over. They used a 29-6 run in the first 11 minutes of the second half to open up their largest lead of the game at 22 points. OU simply couldn't score out of the gates at halftime and never recovered. It shot just 29 percent in the second half after converting 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) field goals in the first. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks shot 60 percent in the final 20 minutes to finish at exactly 50 percent. Kansas outscored OU 48-16 in the paint.

F Andrew Fitzgerald: C

Fitzgerald battled hard out there, finishing with 11 points and seven boards. But he was just 5-for-16 shooting in the contest. He hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, while racking up an assist and a steal but committing two turnovers.

F Romero Osby: C+

He was beastly at times when he recorded some of his nine rebounds, but he couldn't shoulder all the load in the paint. Osby ended up with nine points as well on 3-for-8 shooting and connected on 3-of-4 free throws. The problem with his game today was turnovers, though. He gave it away five times.

G Sam Grooms: A-

Grooms didn't do much in the scoring column, but he again was successful at distributing the basketball. The first-year Sooner point guard tossed five assists to just one turnover in an OU game-high 32 minutes. Grooms also managed four points, two rebounds and a steal.

G Steven Pledger: B-

Pledger lit the scoreboard up for 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting in the first half, but the Jayhawks clamped down on him in the second. He made just one attempt after halftime en route to finishing with 14 points to lead the Sooners. On the game, Pledger was just 2-for-7 from long range. He also committed three turnovers.

G Cameron Clark: B+

It wasn't Clark's most productive game of the year, but he showed good signs at times. Clark finished with nine points and five boards, going 2-for-4 shooting. He additionally added an assist and was 5-for-5 from the line in his 30 minutes of action.

Bench: A

Guard Carl Blair made all six of his free throws and ended up in double figures at 11 with three assists to one turnover. That was a large reason the Sooner bench outscored Kansas' 14-6. Forwards C.J. Washington (2) and Tyler Neal (1) also got into the scorebook for the Sooners.

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