February 26, 2007

KU set to take on OU

The sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (25-4; 12-2) have one final road hurdle to clear in Big 12 play. Bill Self's squad travels to Norman, Okla., later tonight for a Big Monday Showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners (15-12; 6-8). A win over OU would almost guarantee at least a share of the conference championship for KU, but Self knows that winning inside the Lloyd Noble Center will be no easy task.

Its no secret that Jeff Capel and the Oklahoma Sooners are struggling right now. After opening up Big 12 play with a 6-4 record, OU has dropped four straight games to Iowa State, Texas A&M, Missouri and Texas.

However, Self knows that this particular Oklahoma team is more than capable of beating Kansas at home. After winning their previous six games by an average of 28.3-points per game, there is absolutely no question that the Jayhawks will be tested on the road tonight.

"Oklahoma is good at home and they are great defensively," said Self. "They are one of the best teams in our league defensively, and that's not coach speak Michael Neal can really shoot it, David Godbold is making shots, Nate Carter is averaging about 16-points per game in league play and Longar Longar is a good offensive post player.

"They've got some weapons and they guard so well," he added. "They don't have to score 75-points to win. They hold people down. I don't know the exact deal, but Texas had 40-points at halftime and they only end up with 68-points or something like that. They (OU) can lock you up pretty good, and they are tough. Jeff Capel has done a real good job with his team, there is no doubt. It will be a real tough game."

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