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Baylor's skill, size too much for OU

Big, the Sooners usually can handle. Good, the Sooners often can handle. But an opponent who is both big and good? Not a chance.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 13, 2014

“They won the battles early,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “Our big guys, Ryan (Spangler) and Cam (Clark) and D.J. (Bennett) and Tyler (Neal) did a good job of fighting size all year long. Today we didn't win that battle.  Again, I thought their big guys early established that they were going to catch where they wanted to and we doubled a little bit, but still they made plays at the rim that they didn't do in the other two ballgames.”

OU had swept Baylor in the regular season, 66-64 and 88-72. But the Bears dominated Thursday night. Spangler said the Sooners in practice worked on pump faking in the paint but didn’t follow through. Looked to me like the Sooners indeed tried pump faking, but Austin is so big, he didn’t have to jump to alter or block shots.

So now the smallish Sooners await their NCAA assignment and pray they don’t get paired with a behemoth early.

“Regardless, we've got to line up and win some battles and play better than we did tonight,” Kruger said.

But it will help if the Sooners get matched with someone close to their own size.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at . He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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