Kenny Chery and Lester Medford combined for 30 points and seven assists as No. 21 Baylor landed a much-needed win over No. 19 Oklahoma in Waco on Saturday afternoon, 69-58.
The Bears had lost a number of close games already in league play, which includes blowing leads against both Kansas and Kansas State and barely hanging on against Iowa State. Throw in getting taken to overtime by TCU, and there was reason to be skeptical of whether or not the Bears truly were a top 25 team, or a real contender in the league.
And while this win doesn’t do anything to cement that notion either way, it is a win over a team that has spent much of the year ranked in the top 25.
But it’s also fair to question the Sooners after Saturday’s loss. They’re now just 3-4 in the Big 12, having lost three of their last four games. All three losses were on the road, however, and the Sooners also happen to own a 21 point win over Texas in Austin.
So are their issues simply a result of the Big 12 being this year’s toughest, most-balanced conference, or is there legitimate reason to be concerned about just how good Oklahoma can be this year?
Before you jump to a conclusion, remember this: Oklahoma was tied with Baylor with five minutes left despite the fact that their star, Buddy Hield, played one of his poorer games of the season. The Sooners were also without Isaiah Cousins for much of the second half with a wrist injury; x-rays did come back negative, the school announced.
Was this just an off-night at the end of the toughest stretch of their season, or is this the sign of a bigger issue with the Sooners?