Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sooners Bomb Baylor, 82-52

Welcome back Michael Neal! We knew he was better last week when he stuck four treys in the heart of Texas Tech during the final minutes of the game and last night in Waco Michael Neal picked up where he left off in Norman on Saturday.

Michael Neal was 5-7 from three point land to become one of five Sooners to score in double figures. Fellow guards Terrell Everett and David Godbold joined Neal in the three point bombing of the Bears. Everett scored connected on two treys and scored 16 points on the night. Godbold finished with 10 points including two treys as well.

``They were coming off a lot of screens. ... We got confused and left them with open shots,'' Baylor forward Patrick Fields said. ``Leave anybody open, they'll hit.''
With the guards drawing the attention of the defense the big men inside were able to create havoc as well. Taj Gray scored only three points in the first half but had 13 in the second to tie Everett with a team high 16 points. Despite playing with a broken wrist Kevin Bookout contributed 11 points and 4 rebounds.

It was the most complete game of the conference season for the Sooners. With the guards getting healthy and gaining confidence in their shooting this OU team could pull it together to make a run at the Big 12 title.

They have their work cut out for them though because they will have to overcome two early losses to Nebraska and Missouri. That means they will have to defend home court at all costs and steal some games on the road.

We will see just how much the Sooners have improved Saturday night when Texas comes a calling. With ESPN College Game Day broadcasting live from Norman, it’s my opinion that the Longhorns could be walking into an ambush. We’ll see.

On a side note, I wanted to tell my friend DG that I'm looking forward to that chili cheese burger from Ron's.