BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2012

In the first meeting a month ago, the Sooners led 34-33 at halftime. Kansas answered with a 29-6 run to start second half to coast to a 72-61 win.

In the rematch, the Sooners clawed to within 34-31 at halftime. Kansas answered with a 25-8 run to start the second half to lead by 20 points.

“They're a terrific ballclub, but you can't give them that opportunity to get up and get going like we did,” Kruger said. “It gave them life, gave them energy. They're going downhill from that point.”

Kansas, 18-4 overall, 8-1 in league play at the midway point, doesn't have its customary depth. But the Jayhawks possibly have the best player in the country. Thomas Robinson, a double-double machine, is a matchup nightmare.

“He's an All-American candidate for a reason,” said OU forward Romero Osby. “He's big and strong and does a good job positioning himself down low, shielding people off with his shoulders. He's a great player.”

One of the top candidates for National Player of the Year, Robinson scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds a day after Self had a talk with his star power forward.

“It was good to see Thomas was so positive and into it,” Self said. “He's had so much going on with his life personally with the anniversary (of his mother's death) ... Thomas hasn't been himself for three games but he was tonight.”



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