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OU basketball: Sooners are not ready to concede anything

OU is likely headed to the NCAA Tournament, but winning the Big 12 championship might be a tough task. A win at Kansas on Monday night would keep the latter hopes alive, however.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 23, 2014

But Oklahoma could put those celebrations on hold with a win while keeping their own faint hopes of a conference title alive.

“Kansas, I think clearly is one of the best teams in the country,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Our guys have a ton of respect for Kansas, but athletes look forward to those types of challenges.”

None is looking forward to it more than Hield, who said the trip to Lawrence, where Oklahoma hasn't won in more than 20 years, “should be fun.”

The Sooners played the Jayhawks tight on Jan. 8 in Norman, with a huge game from senior forward Cam Clark. He tied a career high with 32 points in that loss.

But this time, the Sooners have to turn around and face the Jayhawks with just 48 hours rest.

Kansas is 2-1 in Monday games during Big 12 play, with their only Big Monday loss coming Feb. 10 against Kansas State.

Oklahoma has won its only Monday conference game this season, beating Oklahoma State on Jan. 27 at home.

“It's the nature of Big 12 play. All year long — we have played 14 now — and it seems like every time we have finished a game we are looking at another real good team a few days later,” Kruger said. “This time is a little quicker than that, and it's against a really good team.”