Texas falls as Aldridge sits
Could Oklahoma possibly have found Texas’ primary weakness? The game remained fairly close up until Texas’ LaMarcus Aldridge ran into foul trouble with nine minutes left in the game. The Sooners broke away with a ten point lead and maintained it to the end, with a final score of 82-72.
Oklahoma’s 6’9” forward, Taj Gray, and 6’4” guard Terrell Everett scored 22 and 25 points respectively, capitalizing on Aldridge’s stint on the bench. Aldridge, who averages nearly 17 points and 10 rebounds a game, has been a dominant force for the Longhorns, along with guards P.J. Tucker and Daniel Gibson. But even Gibson’s 23 points couldn’t make up for the loss of Aldridge.
Had Aldridge stayed in the game, things would have turned out quite differently, I think. With Tucker, the two combined for all but four of their team’s first 28 points. It wasn’t until Aldridge sat out for the first time that Sooner Kevin Bookout started an Oklahoma scoring drive and Gray and Everett worked to exploit the Texas forward’s absence.
Perhaps Texas can regroup before their game against Missouri on Feb. 1. If Oklahoma can carry their energy from Saturday’s game throughout the rest of the season, they will make an even bigger name for themselves. Taj Gray and Terrell Everett’s talent should not be taken lightly.