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Berry Tramel: OU may have won Bedlam, but Jeff Capel could still be on the way out

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm •  Published: March 5, 2011

One mystery solved. The NCAA selection committee can cross off the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Another mystery awaits. Will Jeff Capel be back as the Oklahoma Sooner coach?

That's what was culled Saturday from a Bedlam basketball game lacking in talent, relevance and atmosphere, though not competitive spirit.

Cade Davis said sayonara to Sooner fans with 22 points, Cowboy Reger Dowell missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left and OU beat OSU 64-61 at Lloyd Noble Center.

Bedlam once meant Sutton vs. Tubbs. Big Country vs. Ryan Minor. Mason vs. Najera. Big Monday and national attention and Dick Vitale.

Saturday, the crowd numbered 7,734 fans, and the most excited guy in the building was Mickael Pietrus, who sat courtside with some Phoenix Suns teammates and danced and clapped and laughed like it was field-trip day.

Bedlam hoops this season is marked not by what these teams accomplished, but by what they didn't.

OSU finished winless on the Big 12 road, and at 18-12 overall, 6-10 in the conference, can safely extinguish all NCAA hopes.

This was not a stellar coaching job by Travis Ford. He borrowed from Capel's book and built a team around some questionable characters. Darrell Williams (sexual assault charge) and Ray Penn (bad attitude) have been suspended. And the guys who are left should be better than what they are.

“Our guys don't play up to our potential,” said OSU senior Marshall Moses, one of the few Cowboys who do, witness his 16 points and nine rebounds. “We've got really good offensive weapons, regardless of how it seems.”

Same old story Saturday. Bad shooting (40.4 percent, despite 17 of OSU's 21 baskets coming on layups or dunks). Horrible ball security (17 turnovers).

“Chemistry hasn't been good,” Ford said. “We've got guys that maybe have the reputation for being scorers, but when you get in a system where maybe you're not the main guy ... we never found a lot of good mixes out there.”

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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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