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December 4, 2012

OU may have ease off the gas to keep Arkansas under control

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NORMAN —

It’s the line a team has to walk against the Razorbacks, there will be plenty of chances to take quick shots. There are often advantages when a team breaks a full-court press. Getting good shots and making them is the key.

“We need to get easy shot — preferably layups — and knock down open shots and hopefully contain them,” Hornbeak said.

Tonight’s came is a chance for OU to make an early statement — it has already won against first two true road games against Texas-Arlington and Oral Roberts. A win tonight in Fayetteville — where OU hasn’t won since the 2001-02 season — would be a bigger feather in its cap.

The Razorbacks are wounded after dropping three straight to Arizona State, Wisconsin and No. 4 Syracuse. Still, OU will face a step up in competition and will be in its first truly hostile environment of the season.

Patience is required to work through all of it. The Sooners understand the situation they face. It’s a tough task, but not insurmountable.

“It really shouldn’t be as long we do what we need to do,” senior guard Steven Pledger said. “We just need to attack whatever they show us. If we do that, we should be fine.”

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

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