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March 19, 2013

Sooners need to stay focused to avoid leaving the Big Dance early

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NORMAN —

Struggling on one end means the game will at least become stagnant. Burning the miscue candle at both ends is what cost OU in all those games.

The Sooners (20-11) face seventh-seeded San Diego State (22-10) in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region’s second round at 8:10 p.m., Friday. The winner is going to be the one that handles the late-game pressure best.

OU practiced those kinds of situations over and over all season. They’ve been emphasized even more since it was ousted from the Big 12 tournament.

Only so much can be done on a practice court.

“It comes down to experience and playing a lot of basketball over the years,” forward Romero Osby said. “The only way to get better in those situations is to come through in the moment — in the game. We have to learn from the mistakes and get better.

OU has three more practices before it faces the Aztecs. The team that comes through in the clutch will advance. The other goes home.

“There are no more second chances,” Kruger said. “You get into a late-game situation, you have to finish it.”

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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