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Free throws could be key in Bedlam

Mike Baldwin Published: February 22, 2012

Oklahoma State senior guard Keiton Page scored 40 points in a win over Texas in the Cowboys’ most recent game. Page got half those points at the line, going 20-for-20 at the charity stripe.

“You have to stay down on Keiton Page,” said OU point guard Carl Blair. “He pump fakes a lot. You have to stay on the floor. Every time we’ve played him he’s gotten to the free throw line a lot. You have to minimize that and make people shoot over you.”

How the Sooners fare at the free throw line could impact the Bedlam outcome Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center. In the first meeting, a 72-65 OSU win, the Cowboys outscored OU by 10 points at the line, a recent trend.

In OU’s loss last week against Texas the Longhorns owned an overwhelming 24-5 edge in points off free throws. During a six-game losing streak every opponent has made more free throws than the Sooners. In fact, OU hasn’t outscored an opponent at the line since a win over Texas Tech a month ago.

“We have to do a good job of guarding without fouling,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “(On offense) we have to be aggressive with the ball.”

OSU hasn’t won at Lloyd Noble Center since 2004. To add to its Bedlam home winning streak the Sooners might have to win the free throw battle.

“It’s a physical game and it’s a rivalry game,” said OU forward Romero Osby. “Fouls are probably going to come into play.”

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