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No. 14 Kansas surges to beat Oklahoma 72-61

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm •  Published: January 7, 2012

“It's frustrating because you'd at least like to line up and attack and give yourself a chance,” Kruger said. “The way we turned it over to start the second half put us in a little bit of a deficit.”

Kansas shot 50 percent for the game. KU star Thomas Robinson (18 points, nine rebounds) fell just short of adding to his league high 10 double-doubles.

The player who gave the Sooners problems was junior guard Travis Releford. KU's defensive stopper scored a career high 28 points. OU's two leading scorers — Steven Pledger and Andrew Fitzgerald — combined to score just 25 points.

“Offensively, we got a lot of shots we wanted,” said point guard Sam Grooms. “We just didn't make shots. I give (Kansas) credit for what they do but it's more so us. We have to make shots. For the most part these are the same shots we made in non-conference.”

OU's non-conference momentum has been squashed by two nationally ranked teams.

The Sooners (11-4, 0-2) face another challenging week. The first Bedlam showdown is Monday night in Stillwater. OU hosts No. 23 Kansas State Saturday afternoon.

The key might be how the Sooners fare offensively.

“I think (OU) is really good defensively,” Self said. “We got some easy baskets. We didn't shoot the ball great against them if you take away layups. We got some easy baskets which helped a lot, but I think they're good defensively.”