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Recap: Kansas 66, Oklahoma 72
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Date: February 09, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
  

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Buddy Hield came away with the steal, ran out to the other end of the court for a dunk that wouldn't count. It was still time for Oklahoma to celebrate, and Hield would get bounced around on fans' shoulders in a rare on-the-court postgame party at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and the Sooners held off No. 5 Kansas 72-66 on Saturday for their first victory over a top 5 team in seven years.

With the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) on a surprising three-game slide, the conference regular season championship is suddenly up for grabs.

``It's a step, but there's a lot of steps,' Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. ``There are a bunch of small steps necessary, and again it happens because these guys have worked hard and continue to work at it and have maintained a real good attitude about getting better each day.'

The Sooners (15-7, 6-4) snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.

Freshman Je'lon Hornbeak went 4 for 6 at the free throw line in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks at bay. Cameron Clark hit two free throws to finish it off, and fans stormed the court after Hield stole the ball and dunk after the final buzzer sounded.

Just a week ago, Kansas had the nation's longest winning streak at 18 games. Now, the program is on its first three-game losing streak since February 2005.

``We had lost two straight, too. We needed a win. So, they could have looked at us the same way,' Osby said. ``But we just came out and we just fought.'

Ben McLemore led Kansas with 15 points and Jeff Withey had 14 points, six rebounds and the one block he needed to tie Greg Ostertag's school record with 258 for his career. The Jayhawks outscored Oklahoma 32-16 in the paint, but missed seven of their first 12 free throws to stall their attempts at a comeback.

``Obviously three in a row is not good, but this game to me today, I'm not leaving out of here disgusted with my team at all because we actually played better today,' said Kansas coach Bill Self, who was highly critical of his team after a loss at last-place TCU on Wednesday.

``We played a good team today, and they shot the heck out of the basketball.'

Oklahoma had a 23-11 advantage in bench scoring, led by Clark's 10 points, to snap its own two-game skid. The Sooners never trailed over the final 30 minutes.

McLemore drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to start a string of eight straight Jayhawk points, cutting the deficit to 57-56 on Elijah Johnson's runner with 4:58 remaining before Amath M'Baye snapped a 4-minute drought for Oklahoma by hitting a 3-pointer.

Travis Releford had a chance to tie it at 60 before missing the second of two free throws with 4:12 to play, and Pledger connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing at the opposite end to give Oklahoma a smidgen of breathing room. Hornbeak then answered Withey's two-handed slam with a 3-pointer, and the Jayhawks were forced to foul when Johnson came up empty on a drive to the hoop.

Hornbeak hit one of two free throws for a 67-61 lead with 57.7 seconds left, then split another pair after Johnson hit a 3. McLemore's tip-in of a miss by Naadir Tharpe got Kansas within 68-66 with 15.7 seconds left.

Hornbeak then went 2 for 2 at the line when it counted the most.

``I missed two. I'm not really happy about that,' Hornbeak said. ``They went in and out on me. But the last two, I knew the touch - exactly where I needed to put the ball at.'

The Jayhawks, who made just three baskets and scored 13 points in the first half of the loss at TCU, surpassed that scoring total in just over 5 minutes as both teams got out to a crisp start. The problem for Kansas was at the other end, with the Sooners hitting 15 of their first 25 shots and leading by as many as eight points in the final minute of the first half.

Tharpe then earned a defensive 5-second call against Isaiah Cousins and had two baskets to get the Jayhawks within 38-34 at halftime. Kansas got as close as one before Osby's third-chance basket started a string of eight straight Sooner points to restore the lead to 55-46 with 10 minutes left.

``I hate to say this but there's a lot of teams in the country that lose two or three games in a row, and there's a lot of teams that struggle winning away from home,' Self said. ``This today isn't magnified from a win-loss standpoint if we had taken care of business when we should have the prior games.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 KAN  -240   -5.5   135.5 
 OKLA  +200   +5.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 KAN  -240   -5.5   135.5 
 OKLA  +200   +5.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 KAN  91%   86%   64% 
 OKLA  9%   14%   36% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 9
 
    Temple at Dayton
11:00 AM EDT
    Georgetown at Rutgers
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at UNC Wilmington
12:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Wisconsin
12:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Wake Forest
12:00 PM EDT
    Northern Illinois at Buffalo
1:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Indiana State
1:00 PM EDT
    Akron at Miami (OH)
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Missouri
1:00 PM EDT
    Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
1:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Texas
1:45 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Vanderbilt
1:45 PM EDT
    Towson at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Houston
2:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    St Josephs at Massachusetts
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Miami (FL)
2:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
3:00 PM EDT
    South Florida at Villanova
3:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Baylor
4:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Christian
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Oklahoma
4:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Old Dominion
4:00 PM EDT
    Pepperdine at Portland
4:00 PM EDT
    Northwestern at Iowa
4:30 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Florida
5:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Georgia
5:00 PM EDT
    Fresno State at San Diego State
6:00 PM EDT
    Idaho at Denver
6:00 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Kansas State
6:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at Arizona State
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Pennsylvania
7:00 PM EDT
    Michigan St at Purdue
7:00 PM EDT
    College of Charleston at Chattanooga
7:30 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Wichita State
7:30 PM EDT
    Wright State at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Oregon
8:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Alabama
8:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Penn State at Nebraska
9:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at Sacramento State
10:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Santa Barbara
10:00 PM EDT
    Illinois State at Creighton
10:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at UCLA
10:00 PM EDT
    St. Mary's California at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Cal Riverside
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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