Rivalries are what bring color and animation to college basketball. On Monday night, the 2nd showdown in 3 days of the Chaos series between No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 17 Oklahoma State brought that and more in the Cowboys’ 79-75 victory.
There was Cade Cunningham, the potential No. 1 choice in the 2021 NBA Draft, throwing haymakers down the stretch after being stymied for much of the game. There was homegrown Sooners star Brady Manek, ridding a depression by scoring the most points in a video game since his season-opener. There were in-game modifications … and then changes being made within those modifications. 2 coaches standing on Eddie Sutton Court X’s and O’ing their method through a few of their most tactically sound seasons.
Between the 40 minutes affair that came approximately 48 hours gotten rid of from an overtime thriller in which OSU got away Norman, Oklahoma, with Cunningham’s heroics, there were almost a dozen various lead modifications in a back-and-forth battle that ended with the Cowboys finishing the sweep after beating their in-state competing Saturday as well.
Cunningham on Saturday was the driver that drove the Cowboys to success, scoring a career-high 40 points and ending up being the first college player since Steve Novak in 2006 to have at least 40 points and 10 rebounds versus an AP Top 10 team. On Monday, he could not buy a bucket, causing Kalib Boone, Bryce Williams and Avery Anderson filling the scoring space for much of the game. As soon as Cunningham got going with his very first field goal of the video game at the 7: 18 mark of the second half, he unexpectedly could not keep from coming up clutch. He completed with 15 points, seven boards and 4 helps and put the video game on ice with four late complimentary tosses. 10 of his points followed he popped the cover off with his very first made basket; OU as a group in that period scored 11 points.
OU stayed resistant to the end, with Austin Reaves accounting for 12 of his 19 points in the second half and coming up big with containers to keep it fascinating down the stretch. And Manek had a team-high 20 points to spearhead the offending production. Manek’s missed 3-pointer with 21 seconds staying– which would’ve tied the video game and perhaps sent us to 2 OT games in 3 days– all however ensured OSU’s first sweep of OU given that 2017 was imminent.
The postseason forecast for OSU, a No. 4 seed in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology going into Monday, does not considerably change with the result, nor does it for OU, a No. 6 seed getting in the evening. However the win puts OSU in elite company connected for the most Quadrant 1 wins in college hoops, establishing an intriguing two-game stretch to close the regular season versus No. 3 Baylor on Thursday and No. 5 West Virginia on Saturday.