Buddy Hield could find much space at all against Kansas State’s Wesley Iwundu, who was manned up with the Oklahoma All-American for almost the entire game. But with just more than four minutes to go, he finally found some space on the wing.
His 3-pointer went about as far into the basket as it could without actually counting for points before spinning back out.
At some point, the hot-shooting Oklahoma Sooners – the nation’s best 3-point shooting team – was going to have a poor shooting night cost them a game. Saturday was finally that game.
The frustration of hitting just six 3-pointers and shooting a season-low from behind the arc against Kansas State, which won it first game against a ranked team, boiled over in the final minutes. After being whistled for a foul, Isaiah Cousins tried to punt the ball into the crowd but missed.
Cousins’ reaction was four years worth of frustration against Kansas State. The 80-69 loss sent Oklahoma back to Norman with its fourth-straight loss to the Wildcats.
Cousins, Hield, Ryan Spangler and Jordan Woodard, who didn’t score against Kansas State, started their 90th-straight game as a group but have never gone on the road and beaten Kansas State, which last knocked off a No. 1 team in 2011.
Hield, who failed to scored in the final 11:54 of the first half, had a season-low six first-half points, and Oklahoma (19-3, 7-2) tied its worst first half in terms of points (32 points). The Sooners six made 3-pointers was the second-worst total of the season, and Oklahoma shot season-worst 25 percent from behind the arc.
Oklahoma had shot worse than 30 percent only once before Saturday.
While the Sooners slumped from deep, Kansas State (14-9, 3-7) had one of its best shooting performances of the season.
Three games after going 1-for-18 from behind the arc against West Virginia, the Wildcats shot 46.2 percent from behind the arc Saturday. Kansas State’s 52.9 mark from the field was its third-best of the season against a team that once had one of the top field goal defenses in the country.