Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has elevated his team from an 11-20 squad to Big 12 title contenders in one offseason. Well, until the Sooners recently hit a snag.
Young, a lethal shooter with a knack for racking up assists, and his team have fallen on hard times. Oklahoma has lost six of its last eight games, and the schedule only gets tougher for the Sooners.
Young hasn’t been the highlight machine he was in the first few months of the season. His ongoing slump is the biggest storyline following the Big 12 heading into the last part of the regular season, according to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.
Trae Young is still a great player. He’s still the Wooden Award favorite. He’s still a top-10 NBA draft pick. But this ugly chapter for the freshman showcases the challenges associated with elevating an 11-win team into contention for the conference title and a favorable seed.
Oklahoma is falling right now, and Young isn’t hitting the 3-pointers (7-for-32 in the past three games) he made earlier this season. A rebooted Oklahoma is good for the league. … The teams that beat Oklahoma own a win over a team in a great position to snatch a top-four seed if it can solve this turmoil. But the Sooners can’t do that without a more efficient Young.
Young and Oklahoma will try to turn things around against Texas Tech on Tuesday. Playing on the road against the No. 7-ranked team in the country might not be the best thing for the slumping Sooners.
Beating the No. 7-ranked team on the road, on the other hand, might be the best thing for Oklahoma’s confidence right now.
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