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OU basketball notebook: Missouri dominates the boards in victory over Sooners

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 3, 2012
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Against Missouri, Pledger matched his season-low (11 points). Most of Pledger's production was in the waning minutes after the Tigers had built a 42-point lead.

“I need to be a lot more aggressive and pick and choose my spots more,” Pledger said.

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The Sooners face another nationally ranked opponent in their Big 12 home opener, hosting Kansas Saturday afternoon.

“We suffered a loss. It was a big number,” said point guard Sam Grooms. “But I don't think we'll lose any confidence. Even the best teams lose. It takes a game like this that hits you in the mouth to really make you think what we need to do to get better.”

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With Missouri leaving for the SEC the Sooners might never win a game at Mizzou Arena. OU is 0-5 in the new arena built seven years ago. The Sooners last win in Columbia was in 2001 on a Jameel Heywood buzzer-beater... In a matchup of the top two 3-point shooting teams in the conference, Missouri hit 12-of-21 shots beyond the arc. The Sooners were 3-of-11... Missouri owned a 36-10 in-the-paint points edge and a 17-2 advantage in bench scoring. Carl Blair's two free throws were the only points OU got from its bench. Tyler Neal went scoreless for the first time all season.