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Triple Option: Sooners take down rival

2/23/2012

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. The Oklahoma basketball team finally got a win on Wednesday night, snapping its six-game losing streak with a 77-64 victory over Oklahoma State at the Lloyd Noble Center. Playing in front of the most vocal crowd of the season, the Sooners controlled the game throughout except for a five-minute stretch to begin the second half.

Forward Romero Osby, who had the highlight of the night with a spectacular dunk that was called a charge, spoke about not really understanding the intensity of Bedlam in the first meeting between the two teams. It was clear on Wednesday night that the Sooners learned how intense they would have to play to have success in the rivalry.

2. The Sooners' tendency to “slow play” in-state prospects is rearing its ugly head again. Several quality prospects like CB Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central), QB Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah) and OL Rob Boyd (Vian, Okla./Vian) have strong interest in the Sooners but have yet to receive an offer (at least not publicly). All three guys have glowing things to say about OU and seem excited about the prospect of wearing crimson and cream. At some point do those guys start to wonder about the hold up, particularly as other offers roll in? Should the Sooners what to find out?

It isn’t the first time OU has been slow to offer in-state recruits. Sometimes it hurts OU, sometimes it doesn’t.

3. Sherri Coale’s team earned a huge win against Texas A&M on Tuesday night, putting themselves in position to control their own destiny in the race for second place in the Big 12 (Baylor has clinched first place). OU and the Aggies are 10-5 in Big 12 play with three conference games remaining. Sophomore Aaryn Ellenberg led the way for the Sooners with 23 points in the win.

OU travels to Texas (Feb. 25) and Texas Tech (Feb. 29) before hosting Kansas (March 3) to finish out its Big 12 schedule.