What a difference four days makes for Oklahoma basketball and not in a good way as its stay in the Big 12 tournament is a quick one.
The Sooners had no answer for TCU’s zone defense or the Horned Frogs hot shooting in an 82-63 loss Wednesday evening in Kansas City.
The defeat ends the 2016-17 season for OU at 11-20 overall. It is the first 20-loss season in the history of OU basketball.
The game was back-and-forth until the final 3:59 of the first half. TCU ended the first half on a 15-2 run to take a 44-31 lead into the break.
OU’s energy was there throughout the majority of the second half, working the margin down to 55-48 before the Frogs bounced back and stretched the lead once and for all.
Junior Khadeem Lattin led the way for OU with 18 points and nine rebounds, but Kristian Doolittle was the lone other player in double figures with 11 points.
TCU’s zone simply put the clamps on OU’s offense. The Sooners had no rhythm the entire evening and only shot 4 of 18 from 3-point territory. Contrast that to TCU as the Frogs shot 60 percent from the floor and connected on eight 3-pointers.
OU was in the bonus for the final 13:53 of the game, but the Sooners weren’t unable to really capitalize at the charity stripe. OU shot 15 of 23 from the line, and at one point, missed five consecutive free throws.
Freshman Kameron McGusty was unable to duplicate his 22-point outing Saturday, notching nine points with seven rebounds.
The loss puts an end to a frustrating season in Norman where the Sooners saw themselves with opportunities to win plenty of games only to come up short.
The end of the game showed exactly why OU’s future could be bright. Seniors C.J. Cole and Daniel Harper were able to play the final two minutes, and that’s it. Everybody else will be coming back.
Add that to Scout 100 signee Brady Manek (Harrah) and the commitment of Scout 100 point guard Trae Young (Norman North), and the feeling is the Sooners won’t be in this position again next March.