“We've been playing better basketball,” Osby said. “Just the last seven minutes of the game (Wednesday) night weren't really good but the first 32 minutes were, so we've got to build on that. We can't dwell on what happened at the end. We didn't finish like we wanted to, but we can take a lot of positives from it.”
DEFENDING THE THREE
Back in early February, Oklahoma allowed Iowa State to dictate what happened beyond the arc.
In their first conference meeting of the season, the Cyclones drained 11 3-pointers on 27 attempts.
A lot of the damage came in the first half as Iowa State made eight 3-pointers. Oklahoma spent the second half trying to play catch up. This time, the Sooners are determined to come out more cognizant of how much the Cyclones hang around the arc.
The Cyclones rank second in the league with a .385 3-point percentage. However, they have attempted the most in the league with 413 attempts. That's what makes them dangerous.
“They are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country,” Kruger said. “It stretches you out. ... You have to limit them to one shot. Long shots, long rebounds, everyone's got to be involved.”
Romero Osby on how small mistakes get intensified toward the end of the season: “January is kind of the beginning, and everybody's trying to establish where they are in the standings. Toward the end, especially down the stretch right now, when you need these key games and beat teams that you're supposed to beat — we've just got to go out there and not worry about the talk of the NCAA Tournament ... and let the chips fall where they may.”