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February 12, 2014

Front and center: Sooners looking for more inside scoring

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NORMAN —

Still, being able to throw the ball into the post and get a basket or get to the free-throw line is an element the teams that make deep runs in March tend to have.

Spangler displayed that ability early in the season. Seven times in 24 games, he’s scored 15 points or more. He’s still averaging 10.6 points a game.

A lot of those points have come off offensive rebounds. There aren’t many available when his teammates shoot well.

“I hope our guys keep hitting shots and I don’t have to take many shots,” Spangler said. “When we’re all hitting shots, we’re pretty tough to beat.”

The Sooners didn’t need it against Baylor. They might not even need it against the Red Raiders. But there’s going to be games where the 3-pointers and the 15-footers are not falling. OU has to be able to score in the paint to win those games.

Spangler and Bennett are the ones who have to provide it on a nightly basis. Spangler does so much and Bennett is getting better in terms of blocking and altering shots.

But there are going to be games where they have to score as well.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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