Oklahoma basketball: Romero Osby knows when it's time for business

With Kansas coming to town, Saturday will be on of those days when Osby puts his nose to the stone.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 8, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) grabs a rebound in front of Texas' Prince Ibeh (44) during a men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) grabs a rebound in front of Texas' Prince Ibeh (44) during a men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Oklahoma's Romero Osby is all business.

OK, he's really semi-all business. He likes to crack a lot of jokes but only when the time calls for it.

When he and the Sooners play Kansas on Saturday at 3 p.m., Osby will walk onto the court like a businessman, knowing there are a few jobs to get done.

The first is to make shots. Against Iowa State on Monday, he went 2-for-10 from the floor and scored just six points in 28 minutes.

Then, Osby can't allow Kansas' 7-foot center Jeff Withey to get in his head again like he did in the teams' first matchup on Jan. 26.

If all that goes right, the last part of the game plan is to close out the game against the nation's fifth-ranked team, which has dropped its last two games.

“I've put in so much hard work in the offseason and summertime and all the way up to this point,” Osby said. “I just want to win. I want to take care of business and I want to play well.

“Even though sometimes I know that I might not play well but as long as we win, that is the most important thing. Every time we step on the court, I take the opportunity to show what I can do and what my team can do.”

The self-proclaimed hardworking, nose to the grindstone Oklahoma forward credits his business attitude, he said, to several things. This is his last shot. His last chance to win games that will place his team and him into the NCAA Tournament.

But the even bigger reason is Osby is a father and a husband. He has to make business decisions for his family team just like he does for his Oklahoma team.

“From a father and a husband standpoint, it's serious. It's really serious,” Osby said. “Next year ... my wife will still be working, but it will be on me to take care of my family. Having them out here has helped me get used to that from now.”



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