Grading OU's performance against San Diego State: Crunchtime offense gets an 'F'

The Sooners played San Diego State tough early and even had a halftime lead. But the Aztecs won going away, and the grades reflect that.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 22, 2013

Second-half rebounding D: The Sooners had a 33-31 halftime lead in part because of second-chance points — they had eight in the first 11 minutes. But OU only had two second-chance points the last 29 minutes. Meanwhile, the Aztecs took control of the boards in the second half, producing nine second-chance points in the first 15 1/2 minutes after intermission.

Mascots: B. The NCAA Tournament is in many ways a mascot show. And San Diego State's Aztec Warrior is among the nation's best. The Aztec Warrior is impressive. Massive headdress with ornamentation and black feathers. Bare chested. Spear and shield. A conch shell he uses as a horn. Very cool. Meanwhile, OU countered with Boomer (hey, where's Sooner?), the kid-friendly horse who polarizes a lot of Sooner fans. San Diego State added a kid-friendly mascot a few years ago and had to eliminate the furry creature because of fan outrage.

Freshmen: C. OU's three rookie guards were decent in the first half. Je'lon Hornbeak, Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield combined for 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with eight rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. But in the second half, they were a liability, combining for three points on 1-of-6 shooting with two assists and two steals.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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