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OU men hope to reverse road woes

Sooners prepare to face Cincinnati in the All-College Classic on Saturday night.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: December 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm •  Published: December 14, 2010

— Oklahoma's men's basketball team is 5-0 at Lloyd Noble Center, 0-5 away from Norman.

The Sooners have another opportunity to reverse that trend Saturday night in the All-College Classic against Cincinnati.

“Hopefully we've learned from it, learned from being away,” said OU coach Jeff Capel. “But I don't know necessarily if it's just being away from Lloyd Noble or the opponent. Those were five pretty good teams we played on the road.

“Not a lot of people are going to Arizona and winning. Probably not a lot of people are going to Arkansas, at their home place in Fayetteville, and win. I don't care where you play Kentucky, it's going to be tough. Virginia has shown to be a tough out with the way they went to Minnesota and won.”

The Bearcats (9-0) are off to their best start since 2005, when they were last in the NCAA Tournament under Bob Huggins, but haven't faced as demanding a schedule as the Sooners.

OU has played four teams ranked in Jeff Sagarin's top 75 computer rankings. Cincinnati's schedule is ranked 345th by Sagarin.

Playing their best defense all season, the Sooners gained momentum last week with wins over Gardner-Webb and Oral Roberts.

“I think it all started last week with defensive practices,” said point guard Carl Blair. “We came in and focused on that. It's starting to carry over.”

Can the Sooners carry that over against Cincinnati?

“We'll be ready for it,” Capel said. “The most important thing is getting prepared for our final (exams). We'll get practice time whenever their schedules allow.”

2010 All-College

Alabama vs. Oklahoma State

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Cincinnati vs. Oklahoma

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Oklahoma City Arena

TV: ESPN networks

Tickets: Ticket prices range from $12-$67 and can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


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