The Sooners played like a team that desperately wants to solidify themselves as an NCAA Tournament team. Saturday’s win was their third in the last four games. Baylor dropped its third straight.
“I want to start by apologizing to Baylor Nation. Worst job of coaching I've done this year in the first half,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “I apologize for the team's effort and lack of focus and intensity in the first half. Baylor deserves better than that.”
By the second half, it was no longer a matter of if the Sooners were going to win; it was a matter of by how much.
Grooms wound up scoring 15 points from the free-throw line as players kept fouling him under the assumption that he’d miss.
Grooms was shooting 57.6 percent from the free-throw line when the day began. He walked out of Lloyd Noble Center shooting 68 percent. He also made both his 3-point attempts to make him 3 for 6 for the season.
All were shots Baylor were begging him to take.
Jackson, who leads the Big 12 in scoring, led the Bears with 28 points. Isaiah Austin added 15 and Brady Heslip finished with 11. That’s about what that trio has averaged all season.
Grooms, however, has upped his game.
“Eventually, the stuff I’ve been working on in practice and my off time had to show up,” Grooms said. “It just happened to show up tonight.”
The Sooners are a team still making progress. Baylor, well, it’s experiencing a different team.
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