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Oklahoma basketball: Road doesn't get easier for Sooners in tough Big 12 stretch

The Sooners have lost two of three games already in a difficult seven-game stretch — and the next four opponents are Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 27, 2013

Kansas State (5 p.m. Saturday): In the teams' first meeting on Jan. 19, Oklahoma lost by nine points after Wildcats guard Rodney McGruder drained three straight 3-pointers from which the Sooners never recovered. That was the first true Big 12 road contest for three of Oklahoma's starters. OU could come out with the victory in Norman, but Kansas State is a top-25 program with multiple threats this season.

At Iowa State (6 p.m. Feb. 4): The matchup with the Cyclones is probably OU's best chance at a win during this stretch. This is one of those games that coach Lon Kruger and basketball analysts refer to as “stealing one on the road.” However, this is the same team that almost beat Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 9 before a last-second shot sent the game to overtime. Stealing a win in Ames could be harder than it seems.

Kansas (3 p.m. Feb. 9): The Sooners end their tough seven-game stretch against Kansas. That doesn't give them much time to prepare for a rematch with the Jayhawks' Jeff Withey. The 7-0 center dominated in Kansas' 67-54 win over OU on Saturday, blocking four shots in addition to his 13 points and nine rebounds.