NORMAN — Oklahoma forward Cameron Clark has been held to seven points in each of his last two games. The issue hasn’t been a shooting slump; the senior was 3 for 7 from the field and 1 for 2 from the free-throw line.
OU coach Lon Kruger believes what Clark has lacked is the assertiveness he’s played with most of the season.
“Cam needs to stay aggressive and stay confident and keep attacking,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “He needs to shoot it when he’s open and attack when he’s not.”
Clark has struggled with offensive consistency throughout his career, but that was a problem he seemed to have solved this season. He’s averaging 16.1 points per game and scored in double figures in 17 of the Sooners’ 22 games.
“I just need to be more aggressive. I know teams are focused on me, so I need to do a better job getting my teammates involved,” Clark said. “It’s not really about me scoring; it’s just about about me doing the little things better.”
Turnovers an issue: Oklahoma had its four-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 81-75 loss at Iowa State. Points were not a problem in the game. Turnovers, however, were.
The Sooners committed 14, which was one short of their highest total in Big 12 Conference play.
“We gave away some possessions, offensively, which you just can’t afford to do,” OU coach Lon Kruger said Monday. “We have to play better.”
The Sooners are averaging 12.04 turnovers a game this season. The effort against the Cyclones wasn’t that bad, but they only forced 10 by Iowa State. The Sooners were only able to turn those into four fast-break points.
30 is not the charm: OU guard Buddy Hield scored a career-high 30 points in the 81-75 loss to the Cyclones. It marked the third time this season a Sooner has scored 30 points in a game. Cameron Clark has done that three times this season. He scored 32 against Kansas and Michigan State and 31 against Texas-Arlington.