The game held at a fast pace much of the first half, except for a four-minute scoring drought with under nine minutes remaining.
“I'm just glad we were able to jump on top like that and keep the pedal to the metal,” M'Baye said.
But what do Pledger's shoes have to do with Oklahoma's 30-point victory?
He said the old pair of red Nikes that he got after his freshman season are the reason he's shooting so well. Pledger went 6-for-15 in total field goals and 5-for-10 from the 3-point line Monday.
“Those are the shoes that I have had major games in, minus a pair of Kobes that I had my 38 (points) in,” Pledger said. “The other 30-point games, the other really good games that I have, they've been in those shoes.”
In the other games this season, he's worn that pair of Kobe Bryant shoes. He changed into his old shoes after the first half against Ohio on Saturday and went 6-for-8 in the second half of that game. He's scored 31 points since the switch.
Is there anything special about those red Nikes that his equipment manager said look like a pair of sneakers he is going to run straight through?
“Not to the eye, but they're special to me,” Pledger said. “I've always kept them in case I had to go back, go back to my roots.”