OU head coach Kelvin Sampson talks about his Sooners' (14-5) Bedlam battle with Oklahoma State (13-9) Wednesday in Stillwater. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
On playing Oklahoma State in Stillwater
Sampson: "It's Bedlam. These two teams traditionally are both very, very good. Oklahoma State's playing good right now. They're coming off a very good win in Manhattan. They've got the (Marcus) Dove kid back and I think they have a lot of confidence in him. O-State always plays good against us in Stillwater, and it's always an electric atmosphere, extremely loud.
"Hopefully our kids learned something in the last five or six minutes of the Kansas game. No matter how loud the crowd gets and how intense the pressure is defensively, you've got to maintain your poise. And when we get offensive rebounds we've got to be able to finish. That means we've got to get and-one's.
"It's a game you look forward to. I don't think many teams in the country have had to play back-to-back games like we're having to play on the road at Kansas and at Oklahoma State — two of the toughest places to play in the country.
"Obviously, it's going to be a tremendous challenge for us."
On the team not losing confidence even though they lost the way they did against Kansas
Sampson: "We've won five games in a row. We're one whistle away, one shot away from winning six in a row. If we were on a six-game losing streak that may apply, but we're one basket away, one point away, one whistle away, one play away from having wonsix in a row.
"We're playing good right now. We're looking forward to playing the next game, and they should be because they're playing good."
On the team playing their best 33 minutes during a game this season
Sampson: "Absolutely. There's not very many teams that can go into Allen Fieldhouse and play as well as we did. We were controlling the game. We had the crowd out of it.
"But you know Kansas is going to come back. Teams come back on you, but in the past we've just always won those games. When you look back at the Nebraska game and the Kansas game, we had control of both games but in the past we've always found ways to win those games. That's something that we have to improve on as we go down the stretch.
"But there's not one area of the game that we haven't improved in. Our guards have gotten better, we continue to rebound the ball better, we're shooting the ball better, we're defending. When we've put everything together on both ends of the court, I just think this team capable of doing some really good things down the stretch."
On the matchup against OSU
Sampson: "The matchups will be what they are, but I think the key will be us not turning the ball over. When we turn the ball over up there in that environment, it leads to easy baskets and breakouts for dunks. That's what gets the crowd going crazy. I think the matchup is good for both teams."
Sampson on Oklahoma State
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