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March 1, 2009

OU-Tech Postgame Notepad

• What’s next: No. 3 Oklahoma, now 26-3 overall and 12-2 in the Big 12 Conference after a 78-63 victory over Texas Tech Saturday at United Spirit Arena, is at No. 11 Missouri at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

• Keep an eye on: OU’s trap. The Sooners went to a full-court trap at around the 6-minute mark of the second half and used it to key their late run. It was the second straight game OU extended its defense to 90 feet and received a big payoff. The Sooners employed it in the second half against Kansas and turned a 20-point deficit into a three-point deficit. It could set up an interesting game Wednesday against Missouri. The Tigers will press from start to finish.

• Interesting development: Willie Warren. The freshman guard did not start for the first time this season and only played 12 minutes. OU coach Jeff Capel said Warren did not have any physical issues. A positive sign for the Sooners, Omar Leary played his best game of the season (11 points in 18 minutes) and provided a spark off the bench. The negative sign is Capel having to bench his second-leading scorer on the last day of February.

• Notes of note: Capel said forward Juan Pattillo would play against Missouri. The junior served a one-game suspension Saturday. Freshman guard Ray Willis was also back in uniform after a five-game suspension assessed after he was arrested Feb. 7 on suspicion of driving under the influence … OU, which shot 48.2 percent (27-for-56), was held below 50 percent for the third straight game … Texas Tech shot 38.6 percent from the field. OU has held 13 of 14 conference opponents under 50 percent shooting … The Sooners owned a 42-23 rebounding edge. In their two games against Texas Tech, they have grabbed 41 more rebounds (90-51) than the Red Raiders.



— John Shinn

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