On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team returned to their winning ways with a huge win over the BYU Cougars. It was a complete team win, with the bench contributing 23 points to the victory.
The defense was stellar as they held one of the nation’s best offenses to 66 points and one of the best three-point shooting teams to eight makes on 30.8% shooting.
A big key for the Sooners was the play of their two guards Javian McCollum and Milos Uzan. It was one of their better performances in recent memory. They combined for 36 points on 47.8% shooting from the field.
McCollum spoke about his recent struggles and how he was able to bounce back vs. the Cougars. “My teammates kept me positive even though my shot hasn’t been falling the way that I’ve wanted it to fall,” McCollum said. “My teammates are here uplifting me, keeping me in high spirits. I’m really not worried about that. I know it’s eventually going to fall. I’m always in the gym. At the end of the day, the goal is to win, get big wins, get these Quad 1 wins out of the way and get to the tournament.”
The Sooners last made the tournament in the 2020-2021 season, which was Lon Kruger’s final season as head coach. They are currently sitting in a great spot to make the NCAA tournament this season. They sit at 17-6 with eight regular season games remaining. Ideally, 20 wins gets you in the tournament. Although, as we saw in that 2020-2021 season, you can get it with 16 wins. The Sooners schedule has certainly been tough enough to carry them to March Madness.
But they need to keep stacking wins, and that starts this Saturday with the final home Bedlam game as Big 12 foes. Oklahoma will play Oklahoma State twice in the next six games. The other four games are top 15 matchups with Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, and Houston.