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January 22, 2007

College Basketball - Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma St. Cowboys (-5, 133) 9:00 PM EST

Oklahoma State is ranked 12th in the nation, but they need to get their offense back on track in a hurry against neighbor Oklahoma.

The Cowboys (16-3, 2-2 Big 12) are still reeling from a demoralizing 67-49 loss at powerhouse Texas A&M on Saturday, their poorest offensive performance all season.

The normally well-drilled Cowboys offense fell apart as A&M applied the pressure, leaving Coach Sean Sutton with plenty of headaches. And while the Cowboys will start as firm 5.5 point favorites against the Sooners, Sutton knows the clash will be anything but easy.

Oklahoma (11-6, 3-2 Big 12) has won three of their past four games, including an impressive 91-51 demolition of Baylor on Saturday.

The Cowboys, in contrast, have lost two of their past three, and could easily have lost the third, scraping to a 105-103 triple-overtime win over Texas.

Against Texas A&M, the Cowboys shot a pitiful 33% from the field and a repeat performance could lead to major trouble against the enthusiastic Sooners. The Cowboys will be looking to their two big guns, JamesOn Curry and Mario Boggan, to get the teamís offense back in the groove.

Boggan has been the teamís leading scorer all season, producing an elite 21.4 points per game, while Curry was the only player on his game against A&M, bagging 20 points.

Oklahomaís offense is based on a balanced attack with all five starters averaging between seven and 12 points. Two players to watch are center Longar Longar and senior forward Nate Carter.

Both come into tonightís game with plenty of confidence. Carter scored a season-high 22 points against Baylor while Longar returned from a two-game suspension with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Sooners know they will need to start better tonight than they did against Baylor, though. Oklahoma was tentative early on and trailed by eight points before finding their true form.

And they can thank Carter for the turnaround. The senior scored five straight points at one stage as the Sooners put on a 19-2 blitz that turned the game around shortly before halftime.

The experienced Cowboys wonít fall in a heap like Baylor did, however, and another poor start by the Sooners tonight could lead to a hefty defeat.

Summing Up: The statistics say it all in this game. The Sooners are still looking for their first road win (0-3), while the Cowboys have won all 11 games at home.

Despite their poor showing last game, Oklahoma State has the ability to turn it around on their home court and win in convincing fashion.

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