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March 13, 2014

Shooters will be tested

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma guard Frank Booker has a routine before every game, but it intensifies when he’s playing at a new venue.

He watches some video of himself making shots.

“You look at the rims and concentrate on the rims, then I see myself shooting and making it every time,” he said.

Then he gets on the floor and visualizes doing the same. He takes a couple one-handed shots near the basket, then takes some jumpers from 15 feet before moving out beyond the 3-point line.

The freshman shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range this season. It’s just the fifth highest percentage on the team, but his older teammates might want to copy the routine before the 17th-ranked Sooners face Baylor at 6 p.m. today in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Getting a 3-pointer to fall at Sprint Center has been a rare occurrence over the last two years.

The Sooners are a combined 5 for 29 from beyond the 3-point arc since coach Lon Kruger led them here for the first time in 2012.

The Sooners shot 38.3 percent from 3-point range in Big 12 play this season and led the league in 3-point makes this season, with 8.4 per game. They were 21 for 55 in the two regular-season meetings with the Bears, including connecting on a season-high 14 in the 88-72 win over the Bears on Feb. 8 at Lloyd Noble Center.

However, Sprint Center’s court wasn’t the only one OU used Wednesday. It had a 40-minute shoot-around at the site of the Big 12 tournament. Earlier in the day, it practiced at nearby Rockhurst University.

Stamina test: OU hasn’t played three games in three days all season. The last time it played on back-to-back days was in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York on Nov. 22 and 23. The Sooners topped Seton Hall, 86-85, and then fell to then-top-ranked Michigan State, 87-76.

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