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February 1, 2014

Rivalry takes backseat to Sooners’ need to get on track

NORMAN — It’s a funny thing.

Bedlam has never been bigger for the Oklahoma women. Also, Bedlam has almost nothing to do with it at 2 p.m. today inside Lloyd Noble Center.

“It always adds a little interest and a little flavor when it’s Oklahoma State,” Sooner coach Sherri Coale said after practice Friday.

It has that much to do with it. No more.

Once again, OU’s season appears to be on the brink after Wednesday night’s loss against Big 12 also-ran Kansas State dropped the Sooners to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

If OU could somehow win its next four games, its world will have changed in a very big way for the better. 

Also, the way the season has gone, losing their next four would also seem to be a possibility. And, were that to happen, OU could be in grave danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years.

“This game is more than just Bedlam because we have to go win this game for our season,” senior Sooner point guard Morgan Hook said. “We’re trying to get better each and every day.”

The Sooners’ NCAA RPI was No. 42 even before losing at Kansas State. And, after facing the 11th-ranked Cowgirls (18-2, 7-2 Big 12) today, they’ll meet No. 9 Baylor Monday night back at Lloyd Noble Center, then travel to meet Kansas a week from Sunday, then meet No. 20 West Virginia back in Norman.

If Kansas looks like the breather in that stretch, think again. The Jayhawks will be playing at historic Allen Fieldhouse, the same place they topped Baylor 76-60 back on Jan. 19.

Really, today’s Bedlam game is only the beginning of a gauntlet. Also, even if it wasn’t, today would still be the biggest day of OU’s season to date simply because the Sooners so badly need a win.

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