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Buddy Ball has to do something that hasn’t been done since Billy Ball to claim consensus No. 1

Buddy Ball has to do something that hasn’t been done since Billy Ball to claim consensus No. 1

The unattainable unicorn that has alluded Oklahoma is once again in clear view…beat KU in Lawrence and control your destiny to a Big 12 crown. Now the reality:

1993

I had no kids,

Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was number 1

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And Anthony Fogel looked like this:

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and an unranked Billy Tubs lead team stunned No.6 Kansas 80-77.

That’s the last time Oklahoma’s Men’s basketball team defeated the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Field House. Ryan Minor never did it,  Eduardo Najera never got it done and Blake Griffin lost by 30. The year after Wayman Tisdale left, the 85-86 team started 17-0, their first loss? Kansas in Lawrence 92-98.  The 2002 Final Four team beat KU in Kansas City in the Big 12 Tournament but lost in Lawrence 74-67. Kelvin Sampson had some big home wins, Jeff Capel got close at home and Lon Kruger is 0-4 versus Kansas in his tenure.  Beating Kansas at home is just something Oklahoma can’t do. So what’s different this year?

I hope to see a different outcome Monday night. But until I see double zeros on the clock and the Sooners ahead on the scoreboard, then and only then, will I believe Oklahoma can win in Lawrence. But if somehow OU can win in Lawrence for the first time since 1993, I promise I’ll throw away my “12 Inches of Snow” cassette and celebrate.

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