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Sooners will have to rebound to stay out of Big 12 basement

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm •  Published: January 6, 2011

OU (8-6) enters conference play with some momentum, having won five of its last six.

“It gets your guys to have a little more confidence to believe in what you're trying to teach and feel good about what they're doing,” Capel said. “It was something we needed after a tough stretch (five-game losing streak).

“We've gotten better. Our guys have worked, have played hard and have had a good attitude. Hopefully our challenging non-conference schedule is something that will help us as we enter Big 12 play.”

The Sooners open conference play Saturday at home against No. 16 Texas A&M.

“We know how challenging it is with the players and coaches in this league,” Capel said. “We're thrown in the fire right away with a very good A&M team, a team with a lot of confidence that is playing awfully well. They may be a possession or two away from being undefeated... We're excited about the challenge.”