After 14 years of reign in the Big 12 conference, No.13 (22-8, 11-5) Kansas Jayhawks finally had to hand over the crown. Bill Self’s boys lost tonight against (19-11, 6-10) the Oklahoma Sooners, 81-68, and snapped their magnificent streak.
They are now behind No.8 Texas Tech and No.18 Kansas State who have 13-4 and who will decide the new champion of this conference.
The Sooners instantly imposed their own pace and rhythm of play, making a 17-2 run in the early part of the first half. With 10:54 until the end of the opening sequence, Oklahoma had a 26-9 lead.
The guests replied with 9 unanswered points, to decrease the deficit, but that didn’t last for long because the home team made another strong push, this time 13-2.
Eventually, it was 41-28 for the Sooners at the break, who continued in the same manner once the second part of the contest started.
Furthermore, they increased the advantage, reaching the biggest difference with 8:31 to go, 71-47. After that, it was all piece of cake for Oklahoma to end this event. They allowed for the guests to come down to 13 points, and ease this defeat.
Kristian Doolittle had an excellent game, in which he recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 boards. He missed only one of his 11 free throw attempts. Brady Manek was right behind him with 21 buckets and 5 rebounds.
Among the Jayhawks, Dedric Lawson was the best as usual. The big man posted another double-double scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds. David McCormack had the same number of buckets.
Despite the fact that Kansas outrebounded the home team 41-31, they couldn’t capitalize that advantage.
Jayhawks faced many adversities throughout the season, starting with Udoka Azubuike’s injury which separated him of the floor until the end of the season and Lagerald Vick’s personal problems.
Bill Self on the mood in the locker room after the loss at OU and if this year would’ve been different if KU had its full team available. Great stuff from coach after a tough loss. #kubball #jayhawks pic.twitter.com/NycwLb6OVr
— Andrew Baker (@abakesports) March 6, 2019
Before the season started, Kansas was one of the biggest favorites to win the championship and an absolute one for clinching a Big 12 title.
They have one more game until the regular part of the season concludes, this Saturday at home against Baylor.
On the other side, Oklahoma will meet Kansas State on the road. The Sooners are expected to reach the NCAA tournament, as they improved their form winning four of the latest five contests.