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OU basketball notebook: Zone defense sparks Sooners

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 7, 2012

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The Sooners have a quick turnaround, playing Bedlam rival Oklahoma State Monday night in Stillwater.

“I've seen them a few times,” Kruger said. “They've played a tough schedule. They've had some injuries that have affected their play. (Keiton) Page has been making a ton of shots here of late to help win some games.”

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There were hundreds of blue-clad Kansas fans, but the Sooners owned at least a 2-to-1 edge. The game was listed as a sellout (11,268) but there were close to 2,000 no-shows. The official crowd was listed at 9,415... Backup point guard Carl Blair (11 points, three assists) played one of his best games of the season... The Sooners have made only nine 3-pointers their last three games and Steven Pledger has made eight of the nine... The Jayhawks have won seven consecutive games against OU and own a 16-4 edge in the Big 12 era... Andrew Fitzgerald once again was plagued by foul trouble, picking up his fourth foul with more than 10 minutes left... Sixth man Tyler Neal hasn't scored a basket in league play. Neal sank one free throw in the final minute, his only point in two league games.