OU men's basketball: Sooners fall short in rebounding battle against Baylor
The Sooners’ lost 61-57 to the No. 1-ranked Bears, and Oklahoma also lost the rebound battle. Baylor beat Oklahoma 46-36 on the glass.
“(We) couldn’t keep them off the boards,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “That was probably our biggest concern going in… They’re terrific on going to the offensive boards and those guards are terrific.”
Rebounding was a focus for the Bears heading into the game, redshirt senior forward Freddie Gillespie said. Baylor struggled on the glass against Oklahoma State on Saturday, only picking up 30 rebounds.
“At Oklahoma State we kind of got our butts handed to us on the offensive glass and defensive glass,” Gillespie said. “So Coach Drew made it a point to say go out there and if anything win the boards tonight.”
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Against the Sooners, the Bears got off to a strong start rebounding. Baylor led in rebounds 25-14 at halftime. But Oklahoma crashed the boards better in the second half, out-rebounding Baylor 22-21. Gillespie had a game-high 15 rebounds.
Baylor still finished with 10 more rebounds than Oklahoma, a statistic that hurt the Sooners in the nail biter against the top ranked team in the country. Oklahoma did have two players rebound in double digits — Brady Manek had 10 rebounds and Kristian Doolittle recorded 11 rebounds.