Not only did Saturday’s 77-65 win over Texas at Lloyd Noble Center put Oklahoma in solid position as it fights for second place in the Big 12. The Sooners also did something they haven’t done since the inception of the conference.
For the first time in the 18-year history of the league, the Sooners swept both Texas and Oklahoma State in the same season.
“I didn’t realize that,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “We’re glad to be part of history I guess. It’s so tough to do that because Texas is always good and Oklahoma State is always good. It’s something our guys can be proud of.
“It doesn’t help us with the next ballgame but they understand that too.”
SPANGLER BOUNCES BACK
Ryan Spangler was a frustrated by the foul trouble that kept him on the bench for the final 13:52 of the first half.
But the Big 12’s leading rebounder bounced back after halftime, grabbing seven rebounds to finish with 10.
During one stretch in the half, Spangler came up with rebounds on four of five Texas possessions.
“I love Spangler,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “I think he’s terrific. He comes up with those big rebounds. They did what they wanted to and we didn’t.”
WOODARD TAKES A BIG HIT
With just less than five minutes remaining in the first half, freshman point guard Jordan Woodard went down after 6-foot-9, 285-pound Texas center Cameron Ridley blocked Woodard’s shot then came crashing down on top of Woodard.
Woodard stayed down on the floor, grabbing his neck, as play continued on the other end.
He was in a daze for a few minutes and remained on the bench for the remainder of the half.
Woodard’s X-rays were negative and he played 10 minutes in the second half, though didn’t score after halftime.
Woodard was held without a field goal for the first time since Jan. 22 and just the third time all season.
DURANT, OSBY AT LLOYD NOBLE
Thunder star and former Longhorn Kevin Durant attracted plenty of attention, both when he entered the floor at Lloyd Noble Center shortly before the game started and in the final minutes when he left after sitting courtside.
While Durant was cheering on Texas, Oklahoma had a former standout of its own.
Romero Osby, who helped lead the Sooners to the NCAA Tournament last year, took in his first OU game since he left.
Osby drew a large ovation when he was shown on the video board in the arena in the second half.
“I’m excited about these guys,” Osby said. “I’ve very, very proud of these guys. I always try to let them know that I’m following them.”
Osby tore his labrum playing for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League and is rehabbing at home in Mississippi.
Osby hopes to return in June in time for the NBA Summer League.
The Sooners will host West Virginia at 8 p.m. Wednesday in their final home game of the season.
Oklahoma lost to the Mountaineers 91-86 in overtime on Feb. 5.
The Mountaineers kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a win over TCU on Saturday.