The Texas Longhorns were ranked as high as No. 3 but dropped to No. 10 this week after losing back-to-back games to Colorado and Kansas State.
"With the exception of Ohio State, and I think they have, too, every team goes through a stretch they don't play as well," said OU coach Jeff Capel. "Texas went through that. But they have great character and great leadership... They're really talented. They'll play great."
OU senior Cade Davis said one key is getting back in transition defensively.
"We have to stop them from scoring easy buckets, and we have to make sure we keep their big guys off the boards," Davis said. "And check (Jordan) Hamilton. He's a great scorer. We have to limit his shots and get to their other shooters, play a good defensive game like we did tonight."
BLAIR CONTROLS GAME
OU sophomore point guard Carl Blair dished out a season high 11 assists, scored 14 points and was four rebounds shy of a triple double.
"Carl was tremendous all game of running our team, getting us into stuff," Capel said. "He attacked the zone really well."
Tonight, Blair is matched against Texas point guard Dogus Balbay, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
"That's a huge key," Capel said. "Anytime you get good point guard play it gives you a better chance to win."
NCAA SUSPENDS JONES
The NCAA announced Baylor star freshman Perry Jones is ineligible for the remainder of the season for a pre-enrollment amateurism violation/preferential treatment, BU officials announced before Wednesday's game.
Baylor officials are immediately appealing the decision to have his eligibility reinstated but will only be a factor if the Bears play in the NIT. Projected to be one of the top three players selected in the NBA Draft, Jones probably is done playing at Baylor.
In a press release, Baylor said Jones had no knowledge of three 15-day loans between his mother and an AAU coach while Jones was in high school. According to the release, the loans were repaid in a timely manner following a school investigation.
The NCAA also said the AAU coach paid for Jones' travel to watch an NFL preseason game in San Diego.
SHUTTING DOWN DUNN
The Sooners focused defensively on Baylor senior guard LaceDarius Dunn, who scored 11 points but was 3-of-14 from the field, 1-of-7 on 3-pointers. Steven Pledger was assigned to Dunn much of the game.
"It wasn't just (Pledger)," Capel said. "We copied the same game plan we had against them in Norman. We wanted to crowd him, push him to his left and we wanted to be in gaps. We didn't want him to see any open space."