Oklahoma basketball has been the poster child for close games in the Big 12 head-to-head competition this season, but on Tuesday night in Ft. Worth, Texas, the game and result were anything but close.
Four of Oklahoma’s five conference losses, which came into play with 11th-placed TCU, were four points or fewer. The Horned Frogs, coming off a 23-point straight, and then-No. 2 Kansas made Saturday’s opening tip against the Sooners sure nothing would get close on Tuesday night.
The Sooners helped ensure that was the case by turning the ball twice in the first minute and four times in the first three, going 0 for 4 on their first four shot attempts. Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs roared out with an 11-0 lead and that was just the beginning of the storm.
This game was completely dominated by TCU from start to finish and ended in a humiliating 79-52 loss. And it wasn’t like the Horned Frogs hit every shot they made. In fact, the Sooners had three more shot attempts than TCU (64 to 61) and only missed six shots (20 to 26).
“We fought back in every game and showed resilience and tenacity,” said the head coach Porter Moser said in the press conference after the game. “We didn’t do that tonight. Tonight was a total beatdown.”
After trailing 11-0, Oklahoma didn’t get closer than eight points the rest of the first half – and that by a three-pointer CJ Noland after TCU scored the first 11 points of the game – and trailed by 17 points, 44-27 after the first 20 minutes.
The second half began like a repeat of the first, with the Horned Frogs scoring the first 11 points, extending the lead to 55-27 and going from the worst deficit the Sooner men had all season. The Sooners didn’t score their first field goal of the second half until seven minutes into the game.
The best thing that happened for Oklahoma that game was when the clock hit triple zeros and the bleeding stopped, at least on the basketball court. The emotional and mental consequences of this loss will linger for a while. And, oh my, No. 2 Alabama is coming to the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday.
TCU’s Mike Miles Jr. led all scorers in the game with 23 points, one of three Horned Frogs in double figures. CJ Noland led OU by 11 points off the bench.
The Sooners have now lost three games in a row and are 11-9 overall but only 2-6 in the Big 12.
Five key statements that tell the sobering and sad story of the game
- Oklahoma received just 20 combined points from its five starters. 32 of the Sooners’ 52 points came from the bench, led by CJ Noland’s team-best 11 points.
- The Sooners shot just 31 percent for the game on 20 of 64 field goal attempts. That was OU’s lowest shot percentage of the season in 20 games.
- TCU had 29 free throw attempts and made 21 of them. The Sooners were 7 out of 10 from the charity strip.
- TCU scored 16 points on 15 turnovers in Oklahoma and 25 points on fast breaks.
- Both teams grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, one of the few positive points in the game for the Sooners. TCU scored 17 second-chance points from those rebounds, while Oklahoma only got 10.