The Kansas men’s basketball team has lost three in a row for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
And just like the third loss back then, KU’s third defeat came in Norman, Oklahoma.
Despite making things interesting down the stretch with a five-guard lineup, No. 9 Kansas dropped a 75-68 decision at Oklahoma Saturday afternoon in Lloyd Noble Center. The Jayhawks (10-5, 4-4 Big 12) have now lost three in a row after falling to Oklahoma State and Baylor entering this weekend.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, improved to 9-4 on the year. The Sooners are 5-3 in league play, while the Jayhawks unexpectedly fall to the bottom half of the conference standings.
For a moment, though, it looked like Kansas was going to make a push down the stretch. Trailing by 7, KU guard Dajaun Harris recorded a steal and rattled in a 3-pointer from the left wing to pull within 4 points with 4:23 left to play. Ochai Agbaji then made it a one-possession game by hitting one of his two attempts from the charity stripe with 3:40 left.
The Sooners responded with an Austin Reaves layup moments later, however. OU’s Umoja Gibson then netted another layup, giving the hosts a 7-point advantage once again. The Jayhawks really never had a shot after that, as the Sooners took care of business at the free throw line.
Senior Marcus Garrett was KU’s main source of offense in the loss, as he finished with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Garrett went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Jalen Wilson registered 13 points, while Agbaji joined them in double figures with 10 points.
De’Vion Harmon led Oklahoma with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
Kansas will play host to TCU on Thursday.