Oklahoma Basketball: Sooners clinch second place with throttling of TCU

The Oklahoma Sooners had the two seed in the Big 12 conference tournament within their grasp, all they needed to do was defeat the TCU Horned Frogs.  On the surface, this didn’t seem like that hard of a task.  The Horned Frogs were 0-17 in conference play and riddled with injuries.  Even on its home floor, TCU didn’t seem to stand a chance against the Sooners.  Still, a memory lingered in the back of every Sooner fan’s mind.  Last season, the Sooners also closed the season on the road in Fort Worth.  TCU was last place in the conference, just like this year, although they did have at least one win to show.  Still, none of those things stopped them from being able to beat a good, tournament-bound Sooners team, the first of what would be three straight losses—one in the conference tournament and one in the NCAA tournament—to end the Sooners’ season.  So, needless to say, Oklahoma would have to treat this like any other game, and avoid the upset, before it could celebrate.

Fortunately, Oklahoma would shred any doubt in the minds of its fans, and go on to throttle the hapless Horned Frogs by a score of 97-67 to claim second place.

Cameron Clark scores 18 points is the Sooners' dismantling of TCU.  (Photo via Soonersports.com)

Cameron Clark scores 18 points is the Sooners’ dismantling of TCU. (Photo via Soonersports.com)

Buddy Hield scored an evenly distributed 24 points to lead all scorers.  He also went 5-for-8 from three, grabbed eight rebounds, dished four assists, and swiped two steals.  Cameron Clark picked up where he left off Wednesday against West Virginia, where he scored 19 points.  The senior scored 18 points, and also added five boards and three assists.  Isaiah Cousins also had 18 points to go along with four assists. Je’lon Hornbeak came off the bench to provide eight points, six rebounds, and four assists.

As a team, the Sooners had 25 assists on the day, a testament to the impressive ball movement of the offense.  Over the past few games, the Sooners have looked like a cohesive unit, and it has showed.  Oklahoma has won five of its last six, the only blemish being a close road loss to Kansas, the Big 12’s top team.

The Sooners outscored the Horned Frogs in everything from points in the paint to bench points and also won the battle on the glass.  It was a completely dominant effort, exactly the kind you’d expect on a team such as TCU.

Now, the Sooners will get to rest before taking the court again for their first matchup of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday at 6 PM CST.  They will be facing the winner of the 7 vs. 10 matchup which features Baylor and TCU.  Either way, it’s a favorable matchup for the Sooners, as they have swept both teams this season.

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