OU-Kansas State: Report card

NORMAN, Okla. — The grades are in from OU's 52-50 loss to Kansas State Saturday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

Overall team performance: C+

Give the Sooners credit: they never went away and even made a furious rally to fully erase an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes. But they just couldn't make the plays when they needed them and at one point went 10:41 without scoring. As that would suggest, OU shot a poor percentage from the field, 38.8 to be exact, and never was able to flow offensively. The one bright spot proved to be the Sooners' defense, which limited Kansas State to a worse 37.5 percent.

F Amath M'Baye: C-

M'Baye struggled against KSU after a breakout performance at Baylor. The junior forward shot just 3-of-10 for seven points and turned it over three times. Four of M'Baye's five rebounds were offensive boards, but it was still not a productive enough night for M'Baye in 29 minutes.

F Romero Osby: B+

Osby was the best player on the court for Oklahoma. He put in a game-high 13 points off 5-of-12 shooting from the floor with seven boards. Perhaps his best contribution was the zero turnovers stat line.

G Steven Pledger: C

Pledger misfired on all three of his three-point tries and finished 1-of-4 from the floor for just two points. Ultimately, his slow start netted him just 19 minutes of game action.

G Je'lon Hornbeak: D+

Hornbeak took one shot, missed it and turned it over three times to go along with three fouls in 17 minutes of action. All in all, it was a game to forget for Hornbeak.

G Buddy Hield: C-

This side of Osby, Hield had the most minutes on the floor with 33. He was ineffective offensively, shooting 1-of-7 from the field for just four points. Hield was also a part of KSU guards Martavious Irving and Will Spradling combining for 9-of-17 shooting for 22 points—a deadly combination in a low-scoring contest.

Bench: A-

The bench was a bright spot for the Sooners. While KSU and OU combined to shoot just 38 percent from the floor, the Sooners' bench compiled a 9-of-15 shooting performance from the field. In particular, senior Sam Grooms provided a real spark late in the second half when he scored five straight points in the final minute to pull OU to a 50-50 tie.

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