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OU basketball notebook: Rice fans flash ‘Hook ’em’ Horns signs

By John Helsley Modified: December 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm •  Published: December 22, 2008
Rice fans flash ‘Hook ’em’ Horns signs

Monday's game marked Oklahoma’s first true road game this season.

At least it was supposed to be.

The crowd inside Tudor Fieldhouse contained plenty of crimson, with at least a 50-50 split in the announced showing of 3,345 in the 5,208-seat facility.

There were frequent cries of “Boomer...”

And no sign of Billy Sims.

The atmosphere got contentious at times, with Rice fans apparently not so pleased that the Sooners fans had infiltrated their arena.

Several Owls followers flashed Hook 'Em signs, and one man wearing a Rice football shirt produced a sign that read: “45-35.”

“This was a great test for us in a great environment with just great game situations,” said OU coach Jeff Capel. “Being our first road game, because when we get back after Christmas vacation, we're at Arkansas.

“Being back on the road, this will really help us.”


They're still working out the kinks in the renovated gym, too.

Clock issues interrupted play throughout, with most of the problems associated with the 35-second shot clock.

Play had to be stopped on numerous occasions, drawing repeated boos from the crowd.

At one point during a stoppage, Capel was overheard saying: “That's ridiculous.”

The arena, not completely finished, yet open for business, has other issues as well.

Capel got out the dust mop to sweep the floor during the team's shootaround Sunday night, with dust heavy in the air.


In OU's win over Rice, Blake Griffin and Willie Warren combined for 58 of the Sooners' 70 points.

Griffin has been a constant this season, posting his ninth double-double.

And lately, the Sooners have been getting him help.

Tony Crocker scored a career-high 26 points in Saturday's win over VCU.

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