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Overall team performance—B+
The Sooners may have started off lethargic, but from the four minute mark in the first half to the finish line, they closed out strong. Trailing 25-17 midway at the final media timeout in the first half, OU strung a series of three-pointers together that turned an eight point deficit into a seven point intermission lead. And the Sooners' defense from there on out preserved the victory. OU held the Razorbacks to 47 points, Arkansas' lowest output since a 2004 decision against Ole Miss back in 2004.
The reason Warren stays in the C-line is due both to his turnovers and poor free throw shooting. He had four turnovers, and he managed to knock down only five of his 11 free throw attempts. Warren did rack up a team-high four assists, and he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field. He also had a respectable defensive performance.
"Crock" had a stellar night, leading the team in both points and rebounds. Crocker posted a double-double with 16 points and 16 boards. His rebounding total was a new career-high. He was 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, as well as 6-for-12 from the field, including a 2-for-5 mark from behind the arc. Perhaps the only thing he did wrong the whole night was commit one turnover. But he had two assists, a block and a steal to outweigh that.
For how good Crocker was on the boards, Davis was equally good on the defensive side of the ball. He held Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke to only 11 points and one three-pointer in the game. Clarke was averaging 26.7 points and 5.8 threes per game. Davis also hit three treys and had three steals.
Mason-Griffin tied for second on the team with 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. He hit both of his free throws and had three assists to two turnovers. But most of that was in the first half. Throughout 17 minutes of second half play Mason-Griffin didn't make much noise on the offensive end. But he was solid defensively as well.
Gallon still needs to be more assertive on the boards with his size. He managed to rack up six points and six rebounds in the contest, but he could be more aggressive own the lane. He had two turnovers, but managed to block and shot and went 3-for-5 in the contest over 30 minutes of playing time.
The bench provided the Sooners with 38 minutes of playing time and here's what transpired: eight points on 2-for-8 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and a turnover. Ryan Wright was 2-for-4 from the free throw line and hit a shot for four points, while Steven Pledger struggled from deep, hitting only 1-for-7 from long range and going 1-for-2 from the free throw line for four points as well. T.J. Franklin and Andrew Fitzgerald also saw limited time.