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No. 25 Oklahoma overcome sluggish start to win at No. 12 Baylor

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Buddy Hield finished with 19 points and Jordan Woodard added 10 points and eight assists as No. 25 Oklahoma went into Waco and knocked off No. 12 Baylor, 66-64.

The Sooners shook off a dreadful first half in which they shot 23% from the floor and just 1-for-13 from three, hitting three consecutive threes to cap a 16-0 run to start the second half. The Bears were never able to recover from that deficit.

The issue for Baylor this season is on the defensive end of the floor. They are a talented, well-balanced team on the offensive end of the floor. Kenny Chery has more than adequately filled in for Pierre Jackson at the point guard spot while Brady Heslip and Taurean Prince have turned into very nice complimentary scorers alongside the front line of Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson.

But the issue is that their zone simply is not stopping people. I wrote about it extensively here, so I won’t rehash the whole argument. But the bottom line is that while the box score may make it look like Baylor was better defensively, the fact of the matter is that in the first half, Oklahoma simply missed shots they want to take.

The Sooners are very-much a perimeter-oriented team, and when they go up against a zone, they are going to shoot a lot of three-pointers. That’s just how they play. In the first half, they got good looks from beyond the arc, they just didn’t go down. In the second half, they did. Oklahoma hit 6-for-13 from three in the second half, and that’s what ended up winning them the game.

For Oklahoma, this is a huge road win. They move to 3-2 in the Big 12, which will keep them within striking distance of the teams at the top of the conference. They’re very difficult to matchup with given the versatility of guys like Buddy Hield and Cameron Clark, but they aren’t much better on the defensive end of the floor than Baylor.

Baylor, on the other hand, is now just 1-3 in Big 12 play. They’ve lost two in a row — the other being a drubbing at Texas Tech — and, at this point, don’t look like a team that can make any noise in March.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew:

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.