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February 18, 2014

Two extra days of rest could help OU keep its edge during final season stretch

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“You certainly don’t want an intentional foul called. You practice that in practice. You work on going for the ball and going through the body,” Kruger said. “Both of our guys were very tentative with their foul efforts. They have to be much more aggressive without causing an intentional foul.”

Road wins: The Bedlam victory lifted OU to 4-3 in Big 12 road games. It and No. 7 Kansas are the only Big 12 teams with above. 500 records in Big 12 road games. The Jayhawks are 4-2, including a win at OU on Jan. 8.

The Sooners have two road games left this season. At Kansas next Monday and at TCU on March 8 in the regular-season finale.

“Anytime you can get a road win, especially at this time in conference play, it’s huge,” Kruger said. “It was our fourth conference road win, which is always good.”

Rankings can change: OU did pay a price for last week’s home loss to Texas Tech. It remained unranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday. The Sooners also dropped out of the USA Today coaches poll for the first time in five weeks.

In the all-important Ratings Percentage Index, OU dropped five spots to No. 27. Its next three games will be against teams ranked in the top 35 of the RPI. Kansas State is No. 35. Kansas is No. 1 and Texas is No. 21.

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