Capel Discusses Mizzou Loss

After getting knocked off on the road on Wednesday night Jeff Capel admits that the Sooners have hit a bump in the road coming down the stretch…

Oklahoma became the 18th Missouri opponent in 18 games this year to lose at Mizzou Arena as the Tigers handed the Sooners just their fourth defeat of the year, 73-64.

With the loss the Sooners fell into a second-place tie with Missouri in the conference race at 12-3. Kansas is a game in front at 13-2.

"First of all I want to congratulate Missouri," Capel said. "They had so much energy and played terrific. They have done a great job here. They have some great kids in this program and they play so hard. They turned us over and sped us up. So congratulations to them."

"The crowd was magnificent. They were in it. This team gave them something to cheer about and something to be excited about. It was so much better than it was two years ago when we came here."

The Sooners looked lost at times against the swarming and athletic Missouri defense, which plays even better on their home court.

"You know when you play them you are going to face pressure," explained Capel. "They are athletic and they play hard. Even thoigh they may make some mistakes on defense they play so hard they make up for it because they are all over the place with a frenzied style."

OU has now loss three out of their last four games, and many fans and analysts are concerned that the team is falling apart right before the tournament season arrives.

"We are always concerned, but we will figure it out," Capel answered when asked those questions. "We have been pretty good all year. We have hit a couple of bumps in the road two or three games with out Blake. We have had a tough stretch down the stretch. A tough set of games on the road. Some experiences that are going to prepare us for Saturday and the Big 12 tournament."

Oklahoma finishes the regular season with a home game against Oklahoma State (20-9, 9-6) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST (ABC television). It will mark the final home contest for seniors Taylor Griffin, Austin Johnson and Omar Leary. A senior ceremony will take place before the game.

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