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Men’s Bedlam battle returns to national prominence

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State met on the basketball floor with more than just state bragging rights on the line Monday night. 

It's about time. 

For the first time in almost a decade, 2005 to be exact, both clubs entered the game ranked. Bedlam means something on the college basketball landscape again, as is evident by its place in ESPN's Big Monday lineup. Crazy to think it's been gone for so long.

"I think every one pretty much prefers to have both teams playing at a high level when they meet like this, "OU head coach Lon Kruger said. "We know how tough the rematch will be in Stillwater. It's good. It's good for college basketball and good for basketball in general in the state."

Lloyd Noble Center was packed for the first Bedlam matchup and although neither team is likely to catch Kansas for the Big 12 title, both OU and OSU are in hot pursuit of placing second in a conference that's likely to end the year as the nation's first or second best. 

That pretty much guarantees it'll be March Madness in the Sooner State this year, rather than the March blandness that's taken hold recently. 

OU took the first edition of Bedlam in resounding fashion. Seems likely OSU will punch back in Stillwater a few weeks from now, though. The home team is tough to beat in Bedlam hoops.  

But Monday's game showed why, despite the fact that the Pokes' talent is far superior to OU's, that the Sooners have the better team right now. 

Head coach Travis Ford hasn't meshed No. 8 OSU into a cohesive team yet. 

If not for Phil Forte's hot hand, (6 for 6 on 3s) the Cowboys wouldn't have been in the game, and they lost by 12 even with Forte's treys.

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