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February 1, 2014

OSU, OU out to shake different doldrums

Feb. 7, 1998, was the last time that Oklahoma State went to Norman and came away with a win.

The No. 11 ranked Cowgirls will storm Norman  for a 2 p.m. tipoff today with an 18-2 record and a 7-2 record against conference opponents. Oklahoma is 13-8 and 4-4 in Big 12 play. In this rivalry game records and rankings cannot be trusted.

“Anytime you get Bedlam it’s an exciting time. You can throw all the records out. It’s going to be a highly competitive game and both teams are going to be excited about playing,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said.

“We hope this is the year that changes,” Littell said of the losing streak. “It’s been a difficult place to play. But this is a new year and a new opportunity and we are looking forward to that.”

Littell knows how tough Lloyd Noble Center is to play on a normal basis. Today’s game will not be a normal game. Oklahoma will be celebrating its football team’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama during Bedlam’s halftime.

OU’s season appears to be on the brink after Wednesday night’s loss at Big 12 also-ran Kansas State dropped the Sooners to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

If OU could somehow win its next four games, its world will have changed in a very big way for the better.

Also, the way the season has gone, losing their next four would also seem to be a possibility. And, were that to happen, OU could be in grave danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years.

“This game is more than just Bedlam because we have to go win this game for our season,” senior Sooner point guard Morgan Hook said. “We’re trying to get better each and every day.”

The Sooners’ NCAA RPI was No. 42 even before losing at Kansas State. Following today’s game, they’ll meet No. 9 Baylor Monday night back at Lloyd Noble Center, then travel to meet Kansas a week from Sunday, then meet No. 20 West Virginia back in Norman.

If Kansas looks like the breather in that stretch, think again. The Jayhawks will be playing at historic Allen Fieldhouse, the same place they topped Baylor 76-60 back on Jan. 19.

Coale was asked Friday what the root of her team’s inconsistency has been.

“If I knew the answer to that you wouldn’t have to ask the question,” she said. “That’s why consistency is so important. If there was a magic recipe for (inconsistency), nobody in the country would have it and it wouldn’t be an issue.”

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