Guard Trae Young and forward Brady Manek led OU with 25 minutes apiece.
Each showed positive flashes as well as causes for concern. Young had just two points at halftime but went on a run in the second half, scoring nine consecutive points for OU, that showcased his offensive skill. He missed some open 3s or his day could have been even better, but he still finished second on the team with 18 points and recorded a team-high nine assists.
The only concern was his seven turnovers. Arlington's gameplan was to be physical with Young, and it seemed to wear on him later in the game.
“I handled it well, but I had some lousy turnovers,” Young said. “I didn't play well at all today, but I've got to get back in the gym and get back at it.”
Manek got open and hit shots, leading to 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. He also threw down a monster one-handed dunk in transition and looked good in the open court. Still, he's going to need some time to adjust with college-level physicality. Arlington forward Kevin Hervey, who was the Sun Belt preseason pick for conference player of the year, scored a team-high 27 points and brought down 13 rebounds.
Overall, it's a good sign both starting freshmen looked comfortable on a bigger stage.
Verdict: Little deal.