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January 21, 2013

Free throws key tonight against Texas

NORMAN — A huge key for Oklahoma in tonight’s “Big Monday” meeting with Texas at Lloyd Noble Center will be free throws.

The Sooners (12-4, 3-1 Big 12) are currently lead the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (78.1 percent) through the first two weeks of conference games.

However, the inability to convert from the charity stripe cost OU dearly in Saturday’s loss to Kansas State. OU was just 7-for-13 with forward Romero Osby going 2-for-6.

Osby is the key to the Sooners’ success at the free-throw line. He’s their best post player and has shot 28.9 percent of OU’s 308 free throws through 16 games.

“I'm a better free throw shooter than I showed tonight,” Osby said after the Kansas State loss.

Success at the free-throw line tells the tale on why the Sooners and Longhorns have been on different trajectories. Texas (8-9, 0-4) is just 32-for-60 in its first four conference games and is shooting just 62.4 percent (232-for-372) from the charity stripe this season.

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