Capel: Sooners will fight
After a poor second half outing Saturday in an 84-61 loss at Missouri, OU coach Jeff Capel questioned his team’s effort.
At Monday’s practice, Capel said his emotions were still fresh after the game. Capel is confident the Sooners will play hard Wednesday night against Nebraska.
“I didn’t like the way we responded to adversity,” Capel said. “It was the first time all year where we faced in-game adversity and didn’t fight back and stay together like we needed to. I was disappointed.
“(But) I know we won’t pack it in. I’m not concerned about that. We’ll come back and fight.”
Senior guard Cade Davis said an early 18-11 lead against the Tigers should have given the Sooners confidence.
“We knew it was going to be a game of runs, a streaky team like that, the way they play, fast up and down,” Davis said. “But we came out the second half and had two turnovers right away that led to layups.
“Still, even then we could have fought back and tried to make a run. It got away from us. There are no excuses.”
Davis said it was a rare letdown that will serve as a reminder the Sooners must play hard for 40 minutes.
“I think we have a good chance Wednesday night against Nebraska,” Davis said. “Hopefully we’ll get a win at home, protect the house, then go on the road against Kansas State, a team that’s kind of been off and on and we’ll get that momentum going again.”
OU (12-12) has lost three consecutive games after winning four in a row. The last two losses have been blowouts to nationally ranked Texas and Missouri.
“This is not a team that we’ll lay down,” Davis said. “We’ve had (losing) streaks of games of five (in a row). Hopefully this won’t set us back. We’ll learn from them and get better.”
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