The Oklahoma Sooners gave TCU an in-depth lesson as to why they are the #1-ranked team in the nation this evening. OU flexed their muscles for 40 minutes, running away from the out-matched Horned Frogs, eventually collecting a 95-72 win in Norman tonight.
Six different Sooners finished in double-figures with national player of the year front-runner Buddy Hield leading the charge with 17 points thanks to 7/13 shooting from the field. Ryan Spangler recorded his 10th double-double of the season, posting 11 points and 11 rebounds while also dishing out four assists and blocking three shots. Isaiah Cousins finished with a double-double as well, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Jordan Woodard went 9/9 from the free-throw line, adding to his 14 points on the night. Khadeem Lattin finished the game with 10 points after scoring the first six points of the second half to put the game away for good. After Lon Kruger called off his dogs with about 8:00 left, Christian James came off the bench and scored 12 points, all via three-pointers.
Speaking of three-pointers, the Sooners shot 11/30 from deep, as the TCU defense was never able to solve Oklahoma's multi-faceted offensive attack. After the Sooners began the game 8/18 from behind the arc, the Frogs began to press the perimeter, which Oklahoma countered with a hi-low attack that resulted in a handful of alley-oops and easy layups. As soon as the Frogs refocused on the interior, the Sooners began hitting deep shots again.
This one was over from the very beginning as Oklahoma scored the first eight points of the game. Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard jumped out of the gates, combining to score 19 of OU's first 21 points, thanks in part to three early deep buckets from Hield. It took just 15 minutes for Oklahoma to open a 20-point, one that would remain throughout the remainder of the contest. OU finished the contest 33/65 from the field, a red-hot 50.8% overall. The Sooners were 18/22 from the line, while out-rebounding TCU 41-33.
For the Frogs, Vladimir Brodziansky came off the bench to score 17 points after posting goose eggs in his last two outings. The Slovakian native shot 8/11 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss. Chris Washburn was another bright spot for Trent Johnson's team tonight, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Malique Trent was the only other double-digit scorer for TCU, thanks to his "quantity over quality" approach to offense. The sophomore transfer finished 5/14 from the field and 2/6 from deep. As a team, the Frogs shot 26/63, just 41.3%.
The loss drops the Frogs to 10-12 overall and 1-8 in Big 12 play. TCU returns to action on Saturday against the 7th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks at 11:00 am at the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.