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January 22, 2013

Good signs, but where are they pointing?

NORMAN — According to that great social scientist Joe Lunardi, better known ESPN’s hoops bracketologist, Oklahoma is a No. 9 seed at the Midwest Regional and will meet Colorado in Lexington, Ky., to kick off March Madness.

If that sounds hopeful, get a load of CBS’ Jerry Palm, who has the Sooners a No. 7 seed facing Wisconsin in Philadelphia at the East Regional.

Of course, watching the Sooners against Texas Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center, a Big Monday for a program that needed one, trying to figure out the Sooners is anybody’s guess.

They won 73-67, but good luck finding a common and consistent thread.

For a while, OU appeared lost as Texas did its best impression of a bad high school team, turning the ball over seven straight possessions.

OU’s biggest lead during the stretch was four points. Soon the Longhorns had the lead and the only thing keeping the Sooners close seemed to be the whirling dervish known as freshman guard Buddy Hield.

Only that was before the Romero Osby show got rolling. Osby scored 10 points the last 10 minutes of the first half and 12 more the first 7:34 of the second half. He finished with 29.

Nice game.

Meanwhile, the Sooners appeared to put Texas away with a pair of baskets in the second-half’s seventh minute, between two of Osby’s baskets.

Je’Lon Hornbeak had lost track of the shot clock, but Amath M’Baye hadn’t. M’Baye cut to the basket, received the pass from Hornbeak and hit a reverse layup that set off the crowd, which was fully aware of the shot-clock predicament.

Next, Hield blocked Demarcus Holland’s shot, grabbed the ball, began the break and ended it by tossing the most out-of-nowhere alley-oop assist you’ll ever seen. M’Baye slammed it home and the Sooners led 50-38.

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