With Kansas' size, it appeared Oklahoma needed a solid day from sophomore forward Ryan Spangler on both ends of the floor to have much of a chance to pull the upset.
But Spangler got in foul trouble early; he picked up his second foul 12 minutes into the game and his third early in the second half as Kansas beat the Sooners 90-83 at Lloyd Noble Center.
Spangler finished with four points and three rebounds.
He had scored less than that just once this season and hadn't had less than four rebounds in any game before Wednesday.
“Ryan's a key guy for us,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “He's done a great job all year and he's going against that size — there's a chance of foul trouble and you try to work to have him avoid that, but him not being able to get into any rhythm certainly makes a difference.”
SELF T'D UP LOOKING FOR CHARGE
Late in the first half, with the game tied, Kansas coach Bill Self was called for a technical after Cameron Clark drew a foul going to the basket against Andrew Wiggins.
Self wanted a charge call, though he might've been looking for the drawn charge on Joel Embiid instead of Wiggins.
“I can't really recall, but I thought I saw a seven-footer standing there for maybe north of a minute and then a guy run into him,” Self said. “I could be wrong. Maybe it was 30 seconds, but he may have been moving. I don't know. I could be wrong. I'll have to watch the tape. But at the time, I thought it was not a good call, but it may have been a good call. He's a good official.”
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