Oklahoma basketball: Sooners remind themselves to get low on defense

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 6, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Romero Osby gets by West Virginia's Aaric Murray, lying on floor, for a loose ball on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va. Osby led Oklahoma with 21 points in a 67-57 win. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) ORG XMIT: WVRS109
Oklahoma's Romero Osby gets by West Virginia's Aaric Murray, lying on floor, for a loose ball on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va. Osby led Oklahoma with 21 points in a 67-57 win. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) ORG XMIT: WVRS109

The Sooners needed to get better defensively. Senior forward Romero Osby knew in November his team would be in trouble come Big 12 season if they didn't start to become more aggressive. The loss to Gonzaga told him so. Then the loss to Arkansas, in which Oklahoma continued to be fouled hard with little retaliation, confirmed any remaining suspicions Osby had.

There remained doubt, too, that Oklahoma's first victory against West Virginia — which came in the Old Spice Classic at the end of November — was just a lucky win from a team that decided to be aggressive after being beat soundly in the previous game.

Then the Sooners beat the Mountaineers on the road to move themselves to No. 2 in the conference standings.

Two days before leaving for Morgantown, W. Va., the thunder of hands and the shouts of five starters rang through the practice gym at Lloyd Noble Center.

Left up to M'Baye and Osby, that ringing — and the physicality that comes with it — will remain for the rest of conference season.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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