Sooners guard Buddy Hield isn’t worried about what seed OU winds up on Sunday night after Thursday’s 78-73 loss to Baylor.
“It doesn’t really matter because any team can get popped any given night,” Hield said. “Once a team gets hot, they get hot.
“We’re a team that’s going to get hot, I promise you that. We’ve just got to stay focused and locked in and follow Coach (Lon) Kruger, and I think we should be fine.”
CHERY HELPS BEARS COME THROUGH
While Baylor dominated on the inside, with its three starting big men combining for 44 points and 26 rebounds, the Bears also received productive play from point guard Kenny Chery.
Chery, who played just nine minutes in the Feb. 8 loss to the Sooners as he recovered from turf toe, had seven assists and 12 points in Thursday’s win.
“Tonight, he made a big difference for sure,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “I thought he controlled the tempo. He gets the ball where it needs to go.”
BAYLOR FREE-THROW MARGIN SINKS SOONERS
Baylor’s free-throw shooting wasn’t always good against Oklahoma, but it did help the Bears maintain their margin.
The Bears were 23 of 35 from the line while the Sooners managed just seven free-throw attempts all game (five makes).
Royce O’Neale’s two missed free throws with 12 seconds left gave the Sooners yet another chance, with Jordan Woodard hitting a 3-pointer to cut the margin to three, but then Brady Heslip made both after getting fouled to put the game away.
Oklahoma outscored the Bears 26-22 in the paint but didn’t attack the rim much early. Baylor outscored OU 18-14 in the paint in the first half and 12-4 off turnovers.
The Sooners hit 12 3-pointers and lost for the first time all season when making at least 10 from behind the arc. OU is 11-1 in such games. ... Baylor’s 47 points were the second-most surrendered by the Sooners in a first half all season. … OU turned the ball over just nine times, but Baylor converted them into 16 points. … After not scoring 18 or more points in 12 consecutive games, Cam Clark has scored at least 18 in four of the last five. … Baylor coach Scott Drew tied the all-time record at Baylor with his 201st victory at the school.