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February 11, 2013

Potential pitfalls awaiting Sooners after big win

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NORMAN —

The Horned Frogs are in last place in the Big 12, but they did top Kansas five days ago for the only conference win. The biggest victory OU has had in several years won’t mean much if it is quickly offset by a terrible loss.

The Sooners have to prove, against TCU tonight and going forward, that it can handle success. No matter how big the victory over Kansas seemed on Saturday, all it did was keep OU tied with Iowa State, which thumped OU 84-63 last Monday, for fourth place in the Big 12 Conference.

There cannot be a letdown against the Horned Frogs.

“We want to keep winning,” OU guard Je’lon Hornbeak said. “We want to go to the NCAA Tournament. This is preparing us to go to the Tournament. Every game means so much more when you take it one game at a time. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing.”

In an ideal world, that would be the case. But the Sooners haven’t experienced the kind of success they’ve recently encountered in several years. Building blocks quickly turn into stumbling blocks if they’re not kept in perspective.

“It was important to bounce back and get a win against a good ball club,” Kruger said. “It was the first game of the second half of conference play. Hopefully, that gets the ball rolling again.”

OU will find out tonight.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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