Red River Rivalry: Report card

NORMAN, Okla. — The grades are in from OU's 73-67 Red River Rivalry victory over Texas Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

Overall team performance: B+

In almost every statistical way, the Sooners outplayed the Longhorns in this one. They outshot their visiting counterparts 48.1 percent to 44.3 percent. They managed 34 points in the paint to 28 for the ‘Horns. They hit 21 free throws, while Texas shot just 11. As all this indicates, outside of a 34-32 rebounding setback—it's the first time in eight games OU has lost that battle—the Sooners dominated.

F Amath M'Baye: A

M'Baye had a pair of rim-rocking dunks as part of his 15 points in 30 minutes. He also pulled down five rebounds and block a shot, despite turning it over four times. The junior finished 3-of-4 from the free throw line.

F Romero Osby: A+

OU's go-to guy put together the best performance of his career on this night. He racked up a career-best 29 points on 9-of-15 field goal shooting. Osby also netted 10-of-11 free throws and pulled down a team-high eight boards to go along with a pair of blocks and three steals. He was all over the place and a total thorn in the ‘Horns' side.

G Steven Pledger: A-

Considering OU's dominance inside, it's hard to critique OU's sharpshooter for having only five points on 2-for-5 shooting. He did grab three rebounds and recorded a couple steals, though he turned it over once.

G Je'lon Hornbeak: B+

Again, difficult to talk too negatively about Hornbeak's production when given the output from M'Baye and Osby. He finished with three points that came off a huge second half 3-pointer. His assist-turnover ratio is the one thing that wasn't great. He coughed it up three times while tallying equal as many assists. Head coach Lon Kruger would like to see that be in the positive range out of his true frosh point guard.

G Buddy Hield: A-

Hield delivered the two nicest passes of his young career, each for an M'Baye slam. Those stood as half of his four dimes, and he also blocked a couple shots and managed two swipes. Hield shot 5-for-8 for 12 points, but did turn it over three times in 32 minutes.

Bench: B+

Here's a category that's widely skewed just because Texas' Sheldon McClellan came off the bench and poured in 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting. So, Texas had a 44-9 bench scoring advantage. But what OU did get out of its reserves, it needed. Guard Sam Grooms had a perfect 4-0 assist-turnover ratio while scoring seven points in 17 minutes. Forward Cameron Clark also hit a bucket and grabbed a pair of rebounds in his 10 minutes.

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