OU basketball notebook: Poor shooting dooms Sooners

Oklahoma's final shooting percentage — 42.1 percent — looks respectable. But the Sooners had to do plenty of makeup work to get there in Wednesday's 68-60 loss to Texas Tech.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 12, 2014

Oklahoma's final shooting percentage — 42.1 percent — looks respectable.

But the Sooners had to do plenty of makeup work to get there in Wednesday's 68-60 loss to Texas Tech at Lloyd Noble Center.

After shooting a horrid 7 of 25 from the field before the break — 3 of 14 from behind the 3-point line — things didn't get much better to start the second.

Oklahoma started the second half hitting just 3 of 13 from the field and missing all eight 3-pointers in the first six minutes.

Still, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said his team was making better decisions. The shots just weren't falling.

“I thought we had a real good flow in the second half overall, even in the first four minutes,” Kruger said. “In the first four minutes, we went from down 16 to down 20 but liked what happened in that four minutes. Told them at that point, if you keep doing that for 16 more minutes and you'll have a chance.

“We were driving and kicking and making the extra pass. We weren't making the shot, but they were much better shots than we had in the first half.”

Oklahoma closed by hitting 14 of 19 from the field.

HIELD STRUGGLES

After scoring 15 or more points in six of the last seven games, sophomore guard Buddy Hield had his worst shooting game as a Sooner.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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