After every conference home game, Sooners Illustrated is going to take a look at the five things that were revealed in Oklahoma's basketball game. Up now is OU's 87-82 win against previously undefeated Iowa State.
No. 1: Energy carried the day
Following a close loss to Kansas, it wouldn't have been unfathomable for the Sooners to be a little deflated against the Cyclones. But the energy of Ryan Spangler in the post combined with the shooting of Buddy Hield and his antics to get the crowd fired up played a huge role in the win. What Spangler does so well is offensive rebound, adding another seven to his total. That type of hustle helped OU to a 22-2 edge in second chance points
No. 2: Woodard's impact is not points
It's starting to become obvious that OU freshman point guard Jordan Woodard is not always going to be clicking on all cylinders from the field. It was another shaky performance, going 3 of 11 from the floor for seven points. But it's not affecting his overall play. Woodard was solid with five assists against just one turnover and did make three huge field goals in the second half. As long as he continues to run the team the way he is, tough to find too much to fault.
No. 3: The bench was important
Nobody is looking for the OU bench to have any of the leading scorers. Solid contributions are all that is being asked for on a nightly basis. The Sooners earned 13 points, five rebounds and four assists from the bench against the Cyclones. D.J. Bennett had the biggest play of the night with a three-point play in the second half, while Je'lon Hornbeak scored his first points in the three games he has played since returning from his foot injury.
No. 4: Cousins took another step
OU needs three consistent scorers. Cam Clark is one. Buddy Hield is two. For this game, it was sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins. He delivered in a huge way with 17 points and getting those points on just eight shots. It's clear Cousins is not a point guard for the Sooners, but he made crucial baskets in the second half and didn't shy away from taking some tough shots when it mattered.
No. 5: Iowa State is the real deal
Despite the loss, it's tough to discredit the Cyclones. At 14-1, this is still one heck of a team. They're not tall by any means, but they're not short. With nobody under 6-foot-3, it becomes a lot of matchup problems in trying to contain their bigger guards. As long as point guard DeAndre Kane isn't severely injured, Iowa State is in fine shape.