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Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners complete rare sweep of rivals Texas and OSU

For the first time in the 18-year history of the league, the Sooners swept both Texas and Oklahoma State in the same season.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 1, 2014

Not only did Saturday’s 77-65 win over Texas at Lloyd Noble Center put Oklahoma in solid position as it fights for second place in the Big 12. The Sooners also did something they haven’t done since the inception of the conference.

For the first time in the 18-year history of the league, the Sooners swept both Texas and Oklahoma State in the same season.

“I didn’t realize that,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “We’re glad to be part of history I guess. It’s so tough to do that because Texas is always good and Oklahoma State is always good. It’s something our guys can be proud of.

“It doesn’t help us with the next ballgame but they understand that too.”

SPANGLER BOUNCES BACK

Ryan Spangler was a frustrated by the foul trouble that kept him on the bench for the final 13:52 of the first half.

But the Big 12’s leading rebounder bounced back after halftime, grabbing seven rebounds to finish with 10.

During one stretch in the half, Spangler came up with rebounds on four of five Texas possessions.

“I love Spangler,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “I think he’s terrific. He comes up with those big rebounds. They did what they wanted to and we didn’t.”

WOODARD TAKES A BIG HIT

With just less than five minutes remaining in the first half, freshman point guard Jordan Woodard went down after 6-foot-9, 285-pound Texas center Cameron Ridley blocked Woodard’s shot then came crashing down on top of Woodard.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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