Yeah. Has there been a conference game so far this season where we did not hold a teams leading scorer well under his average?
J'Covan Brown in ther first game scored 19, but he hit a lot of tough shots.
I think Babb's performance against McGruder may have been his best. McGruder got 5 FG's...1 was on scotty when they got switched, 1 on Babb in transition where he had no chance, 1 in transition on scotty, 1 in transition when Babb had to help out (the made 3), and 1 on Babb in the half court offense. Great performance by Babb.
They are 0-4 when Pledger is held under 14 points (including two Big 12 games).
They are 8-0 when Pledger scores 18 or more (happened in two Big 12 games).
Do work, Babb.
Bingo. When OU needs a clutch basket, needs to pick up their scoring, etc... they are looking for 1 guy and that is Pledger. If Babb can erase him from the game like he did to Denmon from Mizzou and McGruder from K-State then OU's offense will be thrown into complete chaos.
Babb might be struggling a bit on the offensive end but when you can take McGruder who was averaging 20.35 points per game in conference play and hold him to 11 and Denmon who was at the time the leading scorer in the Big XII and effectively hold him to 2 points (Garbage time FT's excluded) then you provide far more value to the team then just scoring can provide.
The good thing I see here is that Babb has the size to stay with Pledger. If I had to guess, he matches up better against size and strength than against speed and quickness (not that he's bad there either).
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