By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
OU jumped out on TCU early and didn’t let up, smoking the Horned Frogs 75-48 in Norman on Monday. Here’s some rapid reaction:
TCU started the game 0/14 shooting. That’s not a typo: 0/14 shooting with five airballs and one point in the first 11 minutes. OU didn’t come out scorching, but didn’t need to. The Sooners hit some shots, defended well and, before you knew it, had a 15-1 lead. And on this day, against this struggling offensive team, that 14-point cushion felt more like an insurmountable 40-point separation.
It was over when…
…Conference realignment, working in the best interest of football, placed TCU’s floundering basketball program in a league it was ill-equipped to handle. Forget the Kansas win. That was an aberration. An anomaly that I’m still not sure really happened. This team was destined to go 0-18 in Big 12 play, but looks like it will have to settle for 1-17. Good news? The Horned Frogs have used its new conference appeal to lure a solid recruiting 2013 recruiting class and the program is definitely on the rise.
Star of the game – Romero Osby/Amath M’Baye
OU’s talented interior duo combined for 23 points and 11 rebounds, dominating play during 48 efficient minutes (22 for Osby, 26 for M’Baye) and earning an extended comfortable rest on the bench during mop-up time. For M’Baye, it was a particularly refreshing performance, shooting 50 percent (4/8) and reaching double-figures for the first time in four games.
Late in the second half, with the game far out of reach, Sooner starting guard Buddy Hield stepped on a TCU player trying to fight over a screen, immediately grabbed his foot and limped off. After the game, Lon Kruger broke the news that Hield had fractured his foot and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, maybe longer. Tough break. Hield was averaging 8.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
TCU point guard Kyan Anderson went 4/19 shooting with three turnovers and one assist. Oftentimes, especially in modern day college basketball, a team takes the identity of its point guard. That was true on Monday for TCU.
Stats of note
-Taking away the Kansas win, TCU is 0-10 in Big 12 games during its inaugural season, losing by an average of 16.8 points per game.
-TCU’s 11 first-half points were the lowest output in program history.
-OU had four bench scorers score at least eight points. TCU had 11 points from its entire bench.
Bedlam in Stillwater on Saturday. And what a big one it’s shaping up to be.
“Wait, that Kansas win wasn’t a dream, right? That really happened?”