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January 28, 2013

Individual effort not going to be enough



The good news for OU is that it doesn’t have to face the Jayhawks again until they visit Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 9. The bad news: the second meeting with Kansas will conclude a five-game stretch during which OU will face the four teams that join it in the top half of the Big 12 standings.

The run continues Wednesday when they face Baylor (14-5, 5-1) at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. No. 11 Kansas State comes to Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. OU goes to Iowa State (14-5, 4-2) on Feb. 4.

This run of games can make or break the Sooners’ season. None of the three games coming up will be against teams of Kansas’ level. But winning will require at least one player to step out of his offensive shell.

Osby will continue to be OU’s offensive focal point. Nothing that happened against Kansas forced a changed.

“When Ro doesn’t make shots, it makes it more difficult for us,” Kruger said. “Still, he’s the hardest worker and we don’t mind going to him. We’ll line up again on Wednesday and go to him more.”

However, for OU to remain in the top half of the conference during this critical stretch, someone must get hot. Typical offensive performances won’t be enough.

John Shinn

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