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January 23, 2013

Sooners’ Osby leads by example

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NORMAN —

The Sooners (13-4, 4-1 Big 12) do have seven players in their 10-man rotation who are juniors and seniors. When it comes to winning, however, the group is still inexperienced.

One of the reasons is that OU lacked a player of Osby’s imposing stature both as a player and a presence.

It’s rubbed off on his class peers as well as freshmen guards Buddy Hield, Je’lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins.

“Ro’s leadership has been invaluable to the entire group, but especially the young guys. Again, it is not just the young guys that he sets the bar for. He sets it for everyone,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “I think our guys, like Amath said, they appreciate the fact that he is very genuine and is doing it for all the right reasons and is all about the team. No one puts more time in or works harder or is more consistent in practice than he is. That is what you want out of your leading scorer and a guy that everyone else is kind of rallying around.”

Osby showed how powerful that can be in the win over the Longhorns.

John Shinn

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