OU-Iowa State: Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. — The grades are in from Saturday evening's 77-70 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.

Overall team performance: C-

Games like this keep coaches up late at night. It's frustrating to let a game get away like the Sooners did tonight. Statistically OU played well on offense, but defensively the Sooners struggled. In 66 possessions tonight, Oklahoma scored 70 points but gave up 77. There were plenty of positives from this game such as Andrew Fitzgerald offensively and Cam Clark on the glass, but OU's strategy of double teaming Royce White led to plenty of open looks from beyond the arc for the Cyclones, who were more than happy to take advantage by shooting 15-for-30 from long range.

F Andrew Fitzgerald: A

Anytime you score 27 points on 19 shots and go 5-for-5 from the charity stripe, you're doing something right. Fitzgerald played better than any Sooner on the court, pulling down three boards and shooting 6-for-13 on jumpers.

F Romero Osby: B

High flying dunks look nice on TV, and Osby had another spetacular dunk in the first half. On top of that, he scored 17 points on nine shots, shooting 67 percent from the field. He added a perfect 4-for-4 night from the free throw line and four boards. Both of OU's big men had big games on the offensive end.

G Sam Grooms: C

Head coach Lon Kruger has to like a 4.5-1 assist to turnover ratio and four rebounds from his starting point guard. What he can't like is a 2-for-7 shooting night and the killer turnover late that sealed OU's fate.

G Steven Pledger: C-

If you take out a stretch where Pledger made three 3-pointers on four possessions in the middle of the second half, the junior guard shot just 2-for-10 in the game. Since shooting is his main skill, he gets the below average grade.

G Cameron Clark: C-

Here's where things get interesting. On one hand, Clark grabbed 11 boards -almost three times more than any other Sooner. On the other hand, he shot a pitiful 1-for-8 from the field, and had as many turnovers (four) as points.

Bench: C-

The Sooners got absolutely no scoring from their bench, which went 2-for-6 on field goals in 35 total minutes. What OU did get from its bench was 12 rebounds and that's enough to save it from getting a D. Oh, and the bench had as many fouls as points. Carl Blair had an interesting night: 1-for-4 on field goals with all three misses from beyond the ark, three assists, one turnover, and three fouls.


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