Before tipoff, some Oklahoma basketball staff members were a little worried about the game that the Sooners went on to win 81-63.
Texas Tech is not known as one of the stronger teams in the Big 12, so the staff thought the Sooners might underestimate the Red Raiders and look ahead to Kansas State.
But the Sooners led almost the entire game, starting with a little more than 16 minutes remaining in the first half.
COACHES VS. CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT
Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center was deemed the “Coaches vs. Cancer awareness night.”
Before tipoff, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger was honored with the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award. The honor is given annually to a college coach who has “been significantly engaged in the program's fundraising, education and promotional initiatives and who has demonstrated leadership in supporting the American Cancer Society's fight to save lives from cancer.”
During halftime, two Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center cancer survivors were also recognized. The Stephenson Center is where Oklahoma deep snapper Austin Woods received his chemotherapy treatments.
Freshman guard Buddy Hield scored five points in 11 seconds. Texas Tech's Jay Crockett committed a foul with 13:32 remaining in the game. Sam Grooms inbounded the pass to Hield, who was position to the far right side of the arc.
Hield drained a 3-pointer to put OU up, 53-42.
Then 11 seconds later, Hield intercepted Texas Tech's inbounds pass and put the ball in for a layup for another two points to give OU a 55-42 lead, its biggest to that point.
*Former Sooner safety and Dallas Cowboys star Roy Williams watched the OU game with his children from the south baseline.
*Estimated attendance: 4,521.
*Oklahoma had 34 points scored in the paint, 28 points from the bench.
THE NEXT THREE
Saturday at Kansas State
Monday vs. Texas
Jan 26. at Kansas
Compiled by Stephanie Kuzydym