This week might not best the toughest road trip for the Sooners this season, but it certainly is the longest. Only once before this week did Oklahoma even play back-to-back true road games.
The trips to Iowa State and Baylor in six days might have posed more of a challenge in January, but the difficulty in this week’s travel is the distance. It’s almost 1,500 miles from Lubbock, Texas, to Morgantown, W.V. And Oklahoma has just four days to do it.
“We talk about that all year in terms of sleeping right and eating right,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “I think that’s very important when you get into the latter third of the conference season. Everyone is a little bit worn, a little bit nicked up. That’s just the nature of Big 12 play.”
Oklahoma has made multiple long road trips over the past few years, and the seniors have been to both West Virginia and Texas Tech on multiple occasions. Doing it in the span of less than a week is tough, but it’s something for which the Sooners should be prepared. Oklahoma made two trips to Hawaii and back in the span of two weeks.
But this is Big 12 Conference play, and when Oklahoma gets back home for Bedlam on Feb. 24, there will only be four games left on the schedule. It’s definitely not a vacation for Oklahoma this time around.
“At K-State, we showed anybody can beat anybody,” Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler said. “We have to get ready. We have a big week — especially since we’re coming off a loss last Saturday. We have a big week. We have to go out and make statement wins.”