Due to weather conditions, the Oklahoma-Texas Tech game, which the Sooners won 86-71, tipped off with only two referees. The third was en route from an airport in Abilene, Texas, during the game. His plane was rerouted from Lubbock due to the fog surrounding the Lubbock area.
The two referees called a combined 20 fouls in the first half and 23 in the second.
The fog also forced the Sooners to drive back from Lubbock instead of fly.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Last year, the Sooners gave Texas Tech its only conference victory when the teams played in Lubbock. This year, several OU players padded their statistics against the Red Raiders.
Senior Steven Pledger had a season-high 22 points. He also had a season-high six 3-pointers. He went 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Amath M'Baye also recorded the first double-double of his Oklahoma career (15 points and 13 boards). The rebounds were also a career high.
Cameron Clark also had a solid outing — going 5-of-6 for 10 points.
SLOPPIER THAN BEDLAM
On Saturday, Oklahoma had nine turnovers in its Bedlam game vs. Oklahoma State. Wednesday at Tech, it didn’t get any better for the Sooners.
Against Texas Tech, the Sooners had eight turnovers by halftime, including two from freshman point guard Isaiah Cousins, who played sparingly in the Bedlam game because of foul trouble.
The second half against Texas Tech didn’t get much better for Cousins. With under 10 minutes remaining, he turned over the ball twice in 30 seconds, when Texas Tech guard Josh Gray stripped Cousins both times.
Romero Osby added three turnovers, and M’Baye had two. Oklahoma ended the game with 13 turnovers.
The Sooners scored 44 points in the first half. That's the most in the first half that they've scored all season. Oklahoma shot 16-of-27 from the floor.
Oklahoma scored 86 total points, its highest of the season. Oklahoma finished the game 32-of-60 from the floor.
Oklahoma has had five players score in double figures only twice this season. Both came against Texas Tech.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger on freshman Isaiah Cousins: “He'll bounce back. He will. He kind of got a little deer in the headlights there for a little bit, but you'll see that.”
Saturday: vs. Baylor, 4 p.m.
Wednesday: at Texas, 8 p.m.
March 2: vs. Iowa State, 12:30 p.m.