Can the Cowboys Win In Norman?

The last time Oklahoma State won a Bedlam game in Norman was Feb. 16, 2004. Eddie Sutton was the Cowboys head coach, Ivan McFarlin scored a game-high 21 points, and point guard John Lucas dominated Sooner freshman Drew Lavendar. OSU has lost five in a row in Norman since then but will be looking to end that skid in a nationally televised (ESPN) Big Monday showdown at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Cowboys, 13-2, are coming off an impressive 81-52 victory over No. 22 Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Sooners, 9-6, are coming off an embarrassing 91-60 loss to Baylor – their worst loss in 29 years – in Waco over the weekend.

OSU head coach Travis Ford is telling his players – and Cowboy fans – not to read anything into those results.

"They'll be ready to go. (OU head coach) Jeff Capel is a great coach, one of the best coaches in America. He's proven that," said Ford, who was 1-2 against the Sooners in his first year at Oklahoma State, including an 82-78 loss in Norman.

"This is not an easy league. Baylor's not that much better than Oklahoma, and we're definitely not that much better than Texas Tech. Those things can happen in this game," Ford said of the lopsided scores involving the two Bedlam teams in their Big 12 openers.

"They'll be ready to go. Jeff will have them ready to go, no question. We fully expect that we'll get their best shot. They're going to end up having a very good season, you just wait and see. They've got a nice basketball team, some good players and a great coach," Ford added.

Here's how the Cowboys have done in Norman since that 65-52 victory nearly six years ago:

March 7, 2009: OU 82, OSU 78

Jan. 28, 2008: OU 64, OSU 61

Feb. 7, 2007: OU 67, OSU 60

Feb. 27, 2006: OU 67, OSU 66

Jan. 24, 2005: OU 67, OSU 57

The Sooners are 7-0 inside the friendly confines of the Lloyd Noble Center this season, and just 2-6 away from Norman.

Big 12 teams are 111-1 on their home courts this season – the lone blemish was Iowa State's loss to Northern Iowa on Dec. 2. Ford knows how difficult it is going to be to win on the road in the Big 12 the next two months, and realizes that if a team gets the opportunity to get a victory it had better take advantage of it.

"All 12 coaches in our league are talking about you better win at home," said Ford, whose Cowboys are 23-2 at Gallagher-Iba Arena the past two seasons.

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