Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Kevin Obanor? Such a slog in the second half and only two players in double-figures, one of them being Obanor. Obanor hit 4 of 11, 3 of 6 from deep, scoring 11 points, 3 boards, and a turnover.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Adonis Arms gets this for me, 9 points on 2 of 4, 2 boards, 5 assists, a blocked shot, and just 1 turnover.
- The other double-digit scorer, Davion Warren, was so up and down, he was good scoring, 5 of 9 and 11 points, but 4 turnovers. He had a high number of turnovers against Iowa State as well (5), so it would be nice if that didn’t happen against Kansas. To give credit, Warren also had 3 steals.
- Full disclosure, I’m leaving to go on a short vacation today, and my flight was cancelled in the second half, so the entire second half I was on the phone trying to book another flight. It was fun. So I can’t say with certainty what was happening, but the game was on as I was panic-calling the airlines. Regardless, Oklahoma allowed Texas Tech to make 65% of shots in the first half, and then the second half arrived and the Red Raiders shot 27%, including 1 of 8 from deep.
- Alternatively, OU didn’t necessarily play better on offense in the second half. Texas Tech held the Sooners to 40% in the first half and in the second half made just 36%. OU wasn’t great from deep either, just 25% in the 1st (3 of 12) and 29% in the second (2 of 7). It was OU’s defense that helped fuel the comeback.
- This was one of those few games where the Sooners had the edge in points in the paint, 26-22. That’s a rare occurrence.
- No one had more than 9 shots, which is sort of weird, both Bryson Williams and Warren. Bryson wasn’t really able to cook due to double-teams in the second half and OU not wanting Williams to score, all of his 9 points came in the 1st half.
- In fact, Obanor led the team with 5 points in the second half and the team only scored 19 points in the second half. I’d also add that Williams, Shannon, Arms, and McCullar all didn’t make a shot in the second half.
- Texas Tech probably would have blown OU out if it weren’t for turnovers in the first half, 9 turnovers
- It seems as if OU ran the same play over and over and over in the second half, essentially running a pick and roll that ended up posting up someone (was on the phone dealing with stuff and couldn’t tell) and that’s where the Sooners scored their points in the paint.
- Advanced stats box score? The leader was Arms, but Obanor, Shannon, Nadolny, and Wilson were all positive. McCullar had a rough game statistically, but that steal in the final play was HUGE.
- Up next? Texas Tech faces Kansas in the championship game of the Big 12 Championship, tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. today, March 12th, the game is set on ESPN.