"They like to rough up the game".
Young, who came into the game leading the country in both scoring and assists, didn't get his assist until less than two minutes remained. It makes for breathtaking basketball because those conventions that are so well-worn into your psyche simply don't apply to Young.
West Virginia 16-6 (6-4) went through a tough stretch as well heading into Saturday's game against Kansas State, having lost five of their last six games, after starting 4-0 in Big 12 play. That's led to the recent decline of the Sooners, having lost four of their last six games. It connected on 55 percent of its shots, 42 percent beyond the arc and missed only one of its 24 free throw attempts. "We made shots today".
The bigger issue, though, is the charge that the rest of the Sooners do too much watching of Young.
I'm not convinced that's the case with Oklahoma.
Trae Young finished with 32 points on 10-of-20 shooting, but he started the game playing off the ball, and the trend continued for the entire first half. "We've been letting up lately and we've just got to get back to being us".
"We were disappointed in our defensive performance", Kruger said. His previous season-low was five. Sometimes it can be hard to run coherent offense when your teammates struggle to predict what's coming next, no matter how dazzling that next move may be.
Top performers for the Sooners included senior center Vionne Pierre-Louis who led with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
The Mountaineers' pressure forced Oklahoma to try a different look offensively, often using either Christian James or Odomes to bring the ball up the floor instead of Young. That's a major win when you're facing a player that can totally tilt a defense with his all-consuming gravity.
Before Monday's game, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was anxious how much energy his team would have after a tough game barely two days ago.
9 - Steals by West Virginia in the game, six of which were by Jevon Carter. In his last three home games, Young has averaged almost 38 points, but more importantly shot better than 50 percent in each of them.
In the last meeting between the two on January 6, which WVU won by a score of 89-76, Young's offensive prowess was limited by the tenacious defense of Carter and his teammates. West Virginia nearly a year ago on February 8, 2017.
This is an important game for both teams in terms of the standings, as both the Sooners and the Mountaineers are just one game back of both Kansas and Texas Tech in the Big 12. The Longhorns will need a win over the Lady Bears on February 19 in Austin and Baylor will need to drop an additional game for UT to clinch a share of the Big 12 title. Back then, he was the Big 12's second-leading scorer, behind only Oklahoma phenom Trae Young. Playing Young is something that you can't truly prepare for until he's canned a 35-footer right in your face.
Oklahoma is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games.
Young said he was ill, but he still played 36 minutes.
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