West Virginia gets the better of Oklahoma and ailing Trae Young: 3 takeaways

For the greater part of the first 30 minutes of action Monday, Oklahoma freshman Trae Young looked like a mere mortal. As his team duked it out against the visiting Mountaineers of West Virginia, Young, the NCAA leader in scoring and assists, looked lackadaisical and lethargic as he — along with his team — struggled to keep pace with WVU.

But as has become routine for him, Young, even in rare form, came alive in crunch time. He scored 12 points in the final 11 minutes after a sluggish start, but it wasn’t enough to bump OU past the Mountaineers in a 75-73 loss.

Below are three takeaways from the game that provides further clarity and separation in tier one of the Big 12.

1. Trae Young wasn’t himself

Young’s 32-point stat line isn’t anything to scoff at. He produced much like he has all season. But just by feeling out his demeanor and energy level on TV, you could tell he simply wasn’t himself for much of the night. That’s because according to ESPN, Young was battling an undisclosed illness that zapped his energy level.

Before Young came alive in the final stretch, he had 20 points through 29 minutes of action, was sailing deep balls into thin air, and had a loose handle with the basketball. He finished with one

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/west-virginia-gets-the-better-of-oklahoma-and-ailing-trae-young-3-takeaways/

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