Texas Tech has used stifling half-court defense, boosted by its depth, to augment its motion offense.
And then stole the show.
Keenan Evans scored 26 points to lead Texas Tech. Young's night was much more hard, as he shot just 4-for-16 from the field and missed all nine of his three-point attempts.
That's been the way the Red Raiders have played throughout the season. On the offensive side, Keenan Evans has been an outstanding surprise.
Evans had plenty of help.
They've lost five straight on the road. Stevenson finished with 12 points, while freshman had another solid game, going for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
But it was Evans who hit the daggers throughout the second half. One fan greeted him with a sign picturing Young as a child wearing a Texas Tech T-shirt and showing the school's "guns up" sign.
So what happens in those first 10 minutes?
"We're trying to win the game we're playing", Kruger said. OU checked in at No. 23 this week, clinging to the impressive resume the Sooners built before February, and perhaps benefiting from the star power of Trae Young. Leading the way for the Sooners was Trae Young who had a double-double with 22 points, 11 assists, and 4 steals.
Jared Terrell scored a team-high 17 points to power the Rams to their 16th consecutive victory, a rout of the Spiders in Kingston, R.I.
The Red Raiders are scoring 76.2 points per game. Young was able to get his points in the first half from free throws, but once Texas Tech stopped fouling him on drives, he couldn't get anything going. "We just tried to give our guys quality over quantity". Monday's practice was intense, and the Sooners hope starting games with more energy might be enough to pull them out of this rut.
The Oklahoma men can't seem to find their rhythm before halftime.
Oklahoma has lost three in a row. So clearly, the Sooners are not at risk of missing the NCAA tournament, but their seed is plummeting. Virginia (24-2, 13-1 ACC) bounced back from an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech that ended a winning streak at 15 games.
Over his four-year career in Lubbock, Young averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds.
"We're locking people down", said center Norense Odiase, who had 14 points. Texas Tech shot 11-for-21 from three, shooting much better than it has throughout the course of the season (35.1 percent 3PT). I've said it before: prince today, frog tomorrow. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their 8 games following a ATS win.
In a loaded Big 12 conference, the Sooners have dropped games to Texas, West Virginia and Iowa State. A two-game winning streak in this league gets you right back where you're in the fight.