Oklahoma junior forward Romero Osby scored a career high 19 points in an 84-62 loss to Kansas Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Over the past seven games Osby has averaged 16.1 points.
“Ro is doing a great job,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “He's getting better each game. But he had some opportunities where he didn't have the base he wants to have (before shooting). He'll keep getting better at that. He's getting better every week. It's fun to watch him grow.”
PLEDGER'S FT STREAK ENDS
Steven Pledger missed his first free throw in conference play. Pledger entered Wednesday's game 24-of-24 at the line in Big 12 games.
“I don't even know why I missed it to be honest,” Pledger said. “I guess it's supposed to end (at some point), but I don't look at it that way.”
Pledger is shooting 96.4 percent at the line in conference play, nearly 90 percent for the season. He's missed only seven free throws all season.
ZONE ONCE AGAIN IS EFFECTIVE
One key to the Sooners' 12-2 run late in the first half, which closed the gap to 34-31 by halftime, was that OU's 2-3 zone was effective.
“We gave up an offensive board or two out of it, but for the most part it changed the rhythm a little bit,” Kruger said. “We were in foul trouble. It gave us a chance to hide some guys. We didn't play it all that much, but it served its purpose.”
JAYHAWKS DOMINANT AT HOME
Kansas improved to 65-4 at home in conference games in the Bill Self era. The Jayhawks are 5-0 at home in league play this season. If they win their final four conference home games, they will finish unbeaten at home for the fifth time under Self, the fourth time the past five seasons.
After failing to score in double figures for the first time in two months, Andrew Fitzgerald scored 14 against the Jayhawks. Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 15 of OU's last 16 games. ... Tyler Neal no longer is in the primary rotation but supplied his most productive game since Bedlam with four points and one rebound in seven minutes. ... KU has won 11 consecutive meetings against OU. The Sooners' last win in Lawrence was nearly two decades ago (1993) under former coach Billy Tubbs.