Turnovers are always crucial in the world of college basketball, and one of the quickest ways to lose a game (especially at the major conference level) is to get dominated in the turnover margin. Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns experienced that firsthand on Saturday, as ball security doomed them in a 77-65 road loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.
A quick look at the shooting and rebounding numbers in this game would lend you to believe that Texas would have been in good shape, but the Horns committed 16 turnovers to just 7 from Oklahoma, and that was the biggest difference in the game. Big man Cameron Ridley had a big game for the Longhorns (19 points, 14 rebounds), but his perimeter mates let him down from the opening tip on to the final buzzer.
On the Oklahoma side, it wasn’t a “flashy” victory. The Sooners shot only 40.7% from the field and were actually out-rebounded, but they took care of the ball all day, and they won the perimeter battle. Isaiah Cousins led Oklahoma with 24 points on 7 for 11 shooting, and he was flanked by Buddy Hield, who knocked down 4 three-pointers in route to a 17-point afternoon.
The Big 12 is a race for 2nd-place during the regular season, with Kansas pulling away, but with the win, Oklahoma moves to 10-6 in league play (tying Texas), and they are in prime position to make a run if today’s performance is any indication.