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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

March 9, 2007


KU to open Big 12 Tournament against Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Iowa State Cyclones Friday afternoon to advance and face off against Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament. Enlarge video

¢ Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers scored 18 points apiece, while Sasha Kaun had 11 points and nine rebounds as KU tripped OU, 67-65, on Feb. 26 in Norman, Okla. KU blew a 17-point second-half advantage, but managed to claim the win. Nate Carter had 20 to lead the Sooners.

KU leads the all-time series, 131-64. The Jayhawks have won three of the last four games. The series is 3-3 in the last six matchups. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU is 10-4 versus OU - 9-2 in the regular season and 1-2 in the Big 12 tourney.

¢ Overall, KU is 6-4 versus OU in league tournament play.

¢ Ten of the last 11 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including KU's 67-65 victory on Feb. 26 in Norman.

¢ OU defeated KU, 64-55, in the 2002 Big 12 finals in Kansas City, Mo. KU downed the Sooners, 72-58, in the 1998 finals in K.C.; 79-78, in the 1984 Big Eight finals in K.C., while OU won, 80-65, in the 1979 Big Eight finals in K.C.

¢ In the Big 12 event since 1997, KU is 10-0 in its first-round games, 9-1 in the quarterfinals, 5-1 in the semifinals and 4-1 in title games.

¢ The Sooners currently are a longshot at best to attain a 10th-straight 20-win season. Another streak is in serious jeopardy - Oklahoma made its 25th consecutive postseason appearance last year (20 NCAA and five NIT), good for the longest current streak among Division I programs. The last time OU did not compete in the postseason was in 1980-81. The Sooners have competed in the NCAA Tournament 11 times in the last 12 seasons.


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