Overall team performance: A-
The Sooners didn't exactly win with their MO Saturday afternoon, getting out-rebounded 44-24 by the Kansas State Wildcats. But nonetheless, they triumphed 82-73 and did so by going wire-to-wire against the 18th ranked team in the country. OU shot a scorching 70 percent in the second half en route to 54.9 percent for the game. It played stifling defense, limiting Kansas State to just 39.1 percent from the floor. The Sooners scored 84.6 percent of their free throws (22-of-26) and led by as much as 18 in the second half.
F Andrew Fitzgerald: A+
Forget about his two turnovers in 35 minutes. Fitzgerald sizzled for 9-of-10 shooting from the field and a game-high 21 points. He brought down three rebounds, recorded two steals and a blocked shot in being the anchorman for OU.
F Romero Osby: A+
Osby played just about as well as Fitzgerald, scoring 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting and bringing down six rebounds. He wasn't nearly as effective on the glass in the second half and had three turnovers, but still he was enough of a presence in the first half to warrant a perfect score. Osby finished 6-for-6 from the line and also had a steal.
G Sam Grooms: A
Head coach Lon Kruger will take a 3-1 assist to turnover ratio any day of the way, and that's just what his starting point guard gave him. Grooms racked up nine helpers to just three turns in a game-high 36 minutes. He also scored four points and added three rebounds, two steals and a block.
G Steven Pledger: B+
Pledger didn't exactly shoot it real well, making just 5-of-13 field goals, but he scored 18 points. A lot of that's because he made all six of his free throws. Pledger had six boards and two assists, with one turnover.
G Carl Blair: B+
Blair shot the ball poorly, going just 1-for-8. But in his first start in some time, he didn't have a single turnover in 30 minutes. He had five assists in that time period and also recorded three rebounds and three steals.
Looking at the overall production of the bench, it seems more like a below average score. But guard Cameron Clark's presence off the bench offsets that. Clark finished with 10 points in 14 points, shooting 4-for-6 from the field. Forwards Tyler Neal and C.J. Washington combined for six points, capping off OU's 16 bench points. The Kansas State reserves managed 33.