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Oklahoma basketball: Amath M'Baye hasn't fared well against San Diego State

One Sooner has faced San Diego State: Amath M'Baye, during his time at Wyoming. While M'Baye's teams didn't fare well against the Aztecs, the Sooner standout impressed coach Steve Fisher. M'Baye has struggled lately, but teammate Romero Osby says M'Baye's gotten his confidence back.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, Published: March 21, 2013

Flash forward to M'Baye's first active year in a Sooner jersey. Oklahoma's worse loss was a 19-point beating to Iowa State early in conference season. As for the energetic M'Baye who slammed dunks, yelled after a good play and even flashed the ‘Horns Down on Texas home turf, he's been pretty silent as of late.

Actually, ever since he flashed the ‘Horns Down in the Sooners' 92-86 overtime loss to Texas on Feb. 27.

He's gone a mere 10-of-29 from the floor and 3-of-11 from beyond the arc, while registering an equal amount of turnovers and blocks (four).

M'Baye said he just needs to play better right now and wouldn't give a direct answer on if he felt something was off in his game.

“I know I can come up with big games when I put my mind to it,” he said. “I'm not really worried about it.”

But senior forward Romero Osby knows that M'Baye has been struggling and said the junior has gotten his confidence back and has really attacked during practice.

“It's a 40-minute game, but it's 10 four-minute battles,” Osby said. “If he lets whatever goes in the first four minutes, if it's something bad, just let it go in the next four minutes.”

The key for M'Baye's next game against San Diego State, Osby mentioned, was the thing that drew Fisher to M'Baye: his energy.

“We just need him to be aggressive, use that athleticism and be crazy and jump around, you know how he does,” Osby said. “When he plays like that and doesn't think, he plays great.”


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