Davis' Confidence

Against Texas Tech Cade Davis finished the game with a career-high 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting from behind the arc. It marked his first double-digits scoring outing in 20 contests

Sophomore shooting guard Cade Davis is perfectly content coming off the bench.

And it showed in the Sooners' 95-74 Saturday afternoon victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Davis shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 5-for-9 behind the arc, on his way to 17 points in the contest. He even dialed in four rebounds and two assists throughout his 22 minutes.

It has to be a relief to have a good game after going 0-for-4 in his previous two games with a combined three points in 14 minutes.

"You know, it's always a big confidence boost to have a game like that," Davis said.

But he gave the credit to the others around him, in particular sophomore forward Blake Griffin, who put up 40 points and 23 rebounds to complement Davis' performance.

"[The performance is] credited to these guys inside," Davis said. "[Blake Griffin] found me several times off rebounds, dumping it in to him and kicking it back out, and I can't do that unless these guys find me and we find them.

And a lot of it is confidence, and not just confidence in himself; It's also the confidence OU head coach Jeff Capel has for him.

"Yeah, I mean, he has faith in all of us that are on there coming off the bench," Davis said. "And he knows we can do the things that we've shown throughout the year. Omar, Kyle Cannon, Orlando Allen [are] coming in giving us good minutes. I mean, he doesn't tell us not to do something, just take your time. I mean, he wants the game to come to us, but like today, he knows I can hit shots, and he's not afraid to tell me to shoot it when I'm open, so he has tremendous confidence in us, and that helps us out even more."

Capel responded to Davis' comments about being confident in game situations and said that's exactly what he wants, a player that has that swagger Davis did Saturday afternoon.

"They should have confidence... well, they should have confidence," Capel said. "I mean, I don't want guys playing scared. I don't want guys playing afraid to make a mistake. I want them playing. I want them going after it and really trying to lose themself into the game and into the moment and what's going on."

And that's the way Davis played in the Sooners' victory, similar to senior guard Austin Johnson's play last Wednesday against Baylor when he also scored 17 points.


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