NORMAN (AP) – In Oklahoma’s initial meeting versus Texas, Jamal Bieniemy was practically a hero.
In Saturday’s return matchup, Bieniemy was the hero.
The freshman place guard blocked Matt Coleman III’s likely sport-winner at the buzzer to give Oklahoma a 69-67 win in excess of the Longhorns.
Coleman’s probability to win arrived ideal right after Oklahoma permit an prospect to set the sport absent slip by, as Kristian Doolittle missed the front 50 percent of a 1-and-1 and gave Texas 1 much more probability.
Though Texas had a timeout remaining, mentor Shaka Clever determined to set the sport in the palms of his gamers, as Coleman received the ball straight away right after the rebound and ran up the court docket.
Bieniemy picked him up just as Coleman crossed midcourt. When Coleman elevated in excess of the 6-foot-4 Bieniemy at the 3-place line, Bieniemy achieved his ideal hand up and knocked the ball absent, sealing Oklahoma’s 2nd consecutive win and trying to keep alive the Sooners’ NCAA Tournament hopes.
“Everyone is effective on that specific circumstance — late sport, from the free-toss line,” Sooners mentor Lon Kruger stated. “(Coleman)’s so quickly and so rapid and is this kind of a good player. I imagined Jamal battled him and built a significant-time block.”
Clever stated searching back, he’d have named a timeout right after Doolittle’s pass up.
“I felt like we could be ready to get the ball up the ground more rapidly than we did,” Clever stated.
In the initial meeting amongst the groups, Bieniemy strike three 3-pointers in the closing 4 minutes ahead of missing 1 with 11 seconds left that assisted Texas escape with the win.
Oklahoma: The Sooners’ NCAA Tournament probabilities received a significant improve with the win.
Oklahoma’s 12-1 nonconference file has retained the Sooners in the discussion regardless of a sub-.500 Huge 12 file.
The Sooners need to have to conquer West Virginia at dwelling on March 2 and win at minimum 1 of their other three remaining online games — at Iowa Point out and Kansas Point out and at dwelling versus Kansas — to have a probability to make the discipline and two of all those three to sense secure with their spot.
Texas: The Longhorns’ shed for the 2nd time in three online games and their NCAA Tournament hopes took a strike in the method. Texas even now has a solid probability to at minimum make the discipline, but Roach’s indefinitely suspension could have a lasting effect on their probabilities with rough online games at Baylor and at dwelling versus Iowa Point out coming up.
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Oklahoma travels to No. 19 Iowa Point out on Monday. The Sooners shed to the Cyclones 75-74 at dwelling on Feb. 4.