Kansas State Upsets No. 4 Oklahoma as Trae Young Struggles

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2018

Kansas State guard Barry Brown (5) drives on Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Trae Young followed one of his best games of the season with arguably his worst, and Kansas State took advantage with an 87-69 upset win over No. 4 Oklahoma on Tuesday.

The nation's leading scorer finished with 20 points and six assists but shot just 2-of-10 from three-point range to go with a career-high 12 turnovers. While he scored 43 points in a win over TCU on Saturday, Young couldn't keep pace in Manhattan, Kansas.

The 69 points marked a season low for the Sooners, who entered the game scoring 93.6 points per—more than any team in the country.

Barry Brown Jr. was the star for the Wildcats, slowing down Young on defense and scoring 24 on the other end of the court.

Both teams are in the midst of difficult stretches in the Big 12. Oklahoma earned back-to-back quality wins over Texas Tech and TCU after a loss at West Virginia, while Kansas State was coming off a one-point loss to rival Kansas, its third setback in four games.

The Wildcats (13-5) improved to 3-3 in conference play, while the Sooners dropped to 4-2 in the Big 12 and 14-3 overall.

Young entered the day leading the country in points (30.1) and assists (10.0) per game and showed some of his incredible ability:

Consistency was a problem, however, as he couldn't hang on to the ball and wasn't making shots.

The freshman ended his streak of 14 straight games with at least 26 points, and it was the first time all season he had fewer points than shots (he finished 8-of-21 from the field).

Of course, Kansas State had something to do with the performances of Young and Oklahoma. Brown was fantastic, and he looked like the best player on the floor.

The junior guard shot 10-of-17 from the floor and added five assists and three steals to lead his team to its biggest win of the season.

Dean Wade also came up big with 21 points and made all three of his three-pointers, helping the Wildcats shoot 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.

Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com discussed the impact of the win:

It also showed that the Big 12 is once again the deepest conference in the country.

Kansas State has another tough home game on deck, against No. 24 TCU on Saturday. Oklahoma will visit Oklahoma State, which has struggled this season but will be ready for its in-state rival.

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