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Published Sep. 2, 2005

CLEANING UP: OU's Hollis Price has a ritual that appears to be working. "I've got a superstition. If I'm not hitting in warmups, I'll come in the locker room, and I'll wash my hands."

DOMINATION: OU, which has won 12 in a row and has not lost since Feb. 13 at Oklahoma State, has beaten Missouri nine consecutive times since 1997.

BIG 12 FIRST: OU is the first Big 12 team to make the Final Four since its inception for the 1996-97 season. The conference's best showing before this season was 2000, when Iowa State and Oklahoma State advanced to the regional finals.

LONG DROUGHT: This the furthest Oklahoma has advanced since it lost to heavy underdog Kansas and Danny Manning 83-79 in the 1988 NCAA championship game. OU, led by point guard Mookie Blaylock, center Stacey King and sharp-shooting forward Dave Sieger, overpowered opponents and was 35-3 heading into the title game against 21-11 Kansas.

STRONG AT THE LINE: Oklahoma led the Big 12 with a .777 free-throw percentage. "Our goal is to go to the free-throw line 25 times because that's a weapon for us," coach Kelvin Sampson said.