The Norman Transcript


January 29, 2013

OU learning a tough lesson with recent losses to No. 2 Kansas and No. 18 Kansas State




Reunion night: Next up for the Sooners is Baylor at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. The game will reunite OU point guard Je’lon Hornbeak with Baylor forward Isaiah Austin. They were high school teammates at Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas, winning state titles in 2011 and 2012.

“We played together for four years, so this is gonna be funny,” Hornbeak said.

Both were highly recruited coming out of high school. The 7-foot-1 Austin is seen as a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft if he leaves Baylor after one season.

Hornbeak said they discussed going to the same school, but the talk ended when Austin picked Baylor.

“I started to like them, then I got tired of seeing green and gold,” Hornbeak said. “Isaiah went there, so I can stomach it a little bit, but I don’t really like it.”


Struggling from beyond the arc: OU is ninth in the Big 12 in 3-pointers attempted and made after three weeks of conference games.

It has been outscored by an average of 11 points a game from beyond the arc. Only 20 percent of OU’s points have come on 3-pointers in the first six conference games. Its opponents have picked up 39 percent of their points from 3-point range.

John Shinn

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