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January 10, 2010

Men can't restart winning formula against Baylor Saturday

WACO, Texas -- For about nine minutes, Oklahoma looked like it might have turned things around Saturday. It defended, took good shots and actually looked like the team many thought it would be.

But they play 40 minutes in college basketball. That last 31 was more of the same in the Sooners' 91-60 loss to Baylor at the Ferrell Center.

The performance wasn't shocking. It mirrored many OU (9-6, 0-1 Big 12) put forth in the first half of the season.

When the going got tough it went nowhere at all.

OU actually led by nine eight minutes and was playing with a bounce in its step. Then it committed a three straight turnovers, Baylor made a couple shots and the implosion began.

"I thought we got off to a very good start. We attacked the zone like we wanted to attack it. And I thought we did a good job defensively. We had a 20-11 lead and then we threw a lazy post pass. That allowed them to get out in transition and get on the board again," Capel said. "That kind of changed the tide of the game."

Capel actually called two timeouts during the run. The first came after Baylor had cut its deficit to 20-14. The second came with eight minutes left before halftime and the Bears up 25-20.

Neither did much good.

OU couldn't make a shot and the Bears (13-1, 1-0) couldn't miss.

"They kept scoring and we couldn't find 'em in transition. It just got out of hand then," OU guard Tony Crocker said.

The Bears (13-1, 1-0) closed the first half on a 30-6 run. They only led 41-26 at halftime, but a knockout blow had been delivered.

The final 20 minutes was just a matter of deciding whether it would be a loss or blowout loss.

It wound up being the Sooners' most lopsided defeat since falling by 37 to Kansas State in 1981 and provided a gaudy sign of just how bad things have gone for the Sooners this season.

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