In addition to putting up jaw-dropping numbers in his lone college season, Oklahoma’s Trae Young may soon have something else in common with former Big 12 freshman phenoms Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley .
Kansas State shot the ball much too poorly to make it any farther the following year even though Beasley put up 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.
It’s getting easier to envision Young’s Oklahoma team suffering a similar early postseason exit next month after the 17th-ranked Sooners fell for the fifth time in seven games on Monday night.
Oklahoma didn’t set many ball screens for Young because Lon Kruger was wary of West Virginia’s array of traps.
The Mountaineers therefore were content to blanket the rest of the Sooners’ scoring threats and task Jevon Carter and Beetle Bolden containing Young 1-on-1.
A chaotic final possession ended with a heavily contested miss by Rashard Odomes in the paint with two seconds left, dooming the home team to another loss.
But unless Oklahoma improves defensively or finds some other shot creators to ease the burden on Young, it’s easier to envision the Sooners failing to survive the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend than it is them reaching a Final Four.
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