Just a few days after Oklahoma took a major hit to their Big 12 Conference regular season hopes, the Sooners hopes at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, a home site at Oklahoma City and – maybe most importantly – their confidence took a big shot.
Another bad shooting performance to start the game and a few bad possessions in the final two minutes but Oklahoma still had a chance. Isaiah Cousins’ alley-oop pass to Khadeem Lattin clanged off the backboard, and Ryan Spangler's put back hit the front rim before the Texas Tech crowd stormed the court following the 65-63 victory.
No. 3 Oklahoma (20-5, 8-5) lost for the third time in the last four games, falling to a Texas Tech team that won its third-straight game against ranked opponents – the first time in school history.
A 2-for-14 start wasn’t as bad as four days ago against Kansas, but the Sooners never completely bounced back. The Sooners finished 38.2 percent from the field – just a hair better than the season-low 33 against Kansas – and 26.1 percent from behind the arc after coming in as the top 3-point shooting team in the country.
Buddy Hield scored the Sooners’ first 10 points of the game in less than seven minutes but finished with just 16 points, which was his the second-fewest of the season.
After Jordan Woodard gave Oklahoma, which plays West Virginia on Saturday, a four-point lead with 2:45 to go, the Sooners scored just once more. They allowed three offensive rebounds in the final 160 seconds, which led to five points for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech’s other basket in the final two minutes came off an Isaiah Cousins turnover. The Red Raiders finished the game on an 8-2 run after closing the first half on an 8-0 run.