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February 20, 2013

Sooners push focus forward

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NORMAN —

The Red Raiders, Texas (Feb. 27 in Austin), West Virginia (March 6 at Lloyd Noble Center) and TCU (March 9 in Fort Worth) are a combined 12-37.

All are very winnable games. OU’s chance to make a serious push up the Big 12 standings and secure that elusive NCAA Tournament berth has arrived.

OU can’t afford to sleepwalk through any of them, especially today’s game.

The Sooners know how hard it’s been to win at Texas Tech. They haven’t won there since 2009. Last year’s team seemed to hit rock bottom when it fell 65-47 at United Spirit Arena. It was Texas Tech’s only conference victory last year.

“I still haven’t won there,” OU senior guard Steven Pledger said. “We just have to go and do our thing and handle our business.”

The final push starts today. OU has to prove it’s worthy of the position it’s put itself in.

“It’s the first time in a while we’ve been significant to get a postseason berth,” Osby said. “If that doesn’t raise your energy level, I don’t know what else would. We have the opportunity every time we go on the court to do something we haven’t done in a while. We have to have energy all the time. That should be motivation enough to draw from and be prepared for these games.”

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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