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February 1, 2013

Osby ready for a break from league 7-footers

NORMAN — As Oklahoma prepares for a big home game against No. 18 Kansas State on Saturday, no one is more excited than senior forward Romero Osby.

The reason: he won’t have to contend with a 7-foot center against the Wildcats. In the previous two games, he had to battle Kansas’ 7-foot center Jeff Withey and Baylor’s Isaiah Austin.

“Goodness gracious, where are they coming from? These guys are growing like weeds,” Osby said. “But, hey, playing against guys like that’s part of it. If you’re gonna play professionally, you’re gonna see 7-footers walking around like regular people. It’s something you have to get adjusted to. I just have to be able to compete against that type of length and use my legs and low center of gravity to keep those guys off the boards and then attack through their chests and get to the foul line.”

Osby, who is averaging a team-leading 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, was held slightly below his average in the last two games (11.5 points) and little above in rebounding (7.0).

“It’s hard to simulate in practice, but it’s part of it,” Osby said. “If you want to win Big 12 games, you have to play against some big, talented guys.”

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