The Sooners' 72-66 win over Kansas was especially sweet for OU freshman Buddy Hield, who attended high school in Kansas at Sunrise Christian Academy.
“Buddy and I have been dreaming about this day since he signed,” said Kyle Lindstead, who coached Hield at Sunrise and attended Saturday's game.
Hield had received an offer from Kansas, but they recruited him more lightly than Oklahoma.
After the game, Hield met with players and friends from back home in Wichita, Kan., before sending them off.
“Bye, Buddy,” a group of little kids shouted. “We'll be back in seven years.”
By the end of Saturday's game, Oklahoma students were chanting a new school's name.
The OU student section started a “T-C-U” chant right before tipoff.
On Wednesday, the Jayhawks suffered a seven-point loss to new Big 12 member TCU, which was previously winless in the conference.
The cheer revived when Kansas center Jeff Withey was taking free throws during the first half.
By the end of the game, the Sooner faithful were cheering OU and jumping around after storming the court as “Jump Around” blared through the Lloyd Noble Center sound system.
Kansas, which lost to Oklahoma State on Feb. 2, has now lost three straight games for the first time since February 2005.
NBA CROWD AT LLOYD NOBLE
Many big names were inside the Lloyd Noble Center to watch Oklahoma's first home game since a loss to Kansas State a week ago.
Sitting courtside were Thunder general manager Sam Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas also watched the game. Ilgauskas is the Cavaliers' special assistant to the GM.
Kansas guard Elijah Johnson on what went wrong: “I can't say. ... You can't ask a man who just got knocked out to count to 10. He can't think straight right away.”
*OU's upset of No. 5 Kansas was the first for the Sooners over an AP top-five opponent since Jan. 28, 2006, when the Sooners beat Texas 82-72.
*Coming into the game, the Jayhawks had held opponents to a .356 field goal mark this season. Oklahoma went .448 from the field Saturday (. 556 in the first half).
*When fans stormed the court, many of the women's basketball and football players were included in the crowd, including returning defensive back Aaron Colvin, who tweeted that he was rushing the court for the first time at a game.
*Oklahoma's next game is against TCU at 6 p.m. Monday in Norman.