by Michael Baldwin Published: January 3, 2012

— Oklahoma's defense had been vastly improved the past month since playing in the 76 Classic Thanksgiving weekend in Anaheim.

The ultimate test would be a Big 12 road opener against Missouri, which leads the nation in field goal percentage.

The Sooners certainly didn't cool off the Tigers off Tuesday night. No. 7 Missouri romped to an 87-49 win in front of a school-out-of-session sellout crowd of 15,021.

“We didn't offer much resistance,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “Missouri is a really good ballclub. Still, I would have liked to have thought we could stand in there and take a few swings. We didn't. Again, credit Missouri but we have a lot of work to do.”

One of only four undefeated teams in the country, Missouri is shooting 52.2 percent for the season.

But against the Sooners, the Tigers were shooting an unconscious 67 percent with a dozen minutes left in the game, having already pushed the lead to 34 points, a lead that grew to 42 points.

“We're tough to guard,” said first-year Missouri coach Frank Haith. “We were playing great inside-out basketball, not turning the ball over. A team like we have you have to pick your poison.

“But it's not often you shoot like that. We were making shots at a really high rate. I don't know that we can play any better than we played tonight.”

Missouri (14-0) dominated from start to finish. The only time the Sooners got close was 20-16 on an Andrew Fitzgerald jumper midway through the first half.

It was a humbling conference start for the Sooners, who had built some momentum against a watered down non-conference schedule.

by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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