Mike Baldwin: 'Iowa Hawkeyes simply don't have many offensive weapons to test the Sooners'

Mike Baldwin answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.

by Michael Baldwin Published: December 21, 2011
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The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.

On whether or not Steven Pledger can keep up his scoring once conference play starts:

It might be difficult to average 19.5 points in league play. Pledger is patient but the OU staff and his teammates make sure to set screens to try and get him open since he currently has the highest FG pct. in the country (over 60 percent) for any guard. And if defenses concentrate too much on Pledger there are three or four other players capable of scoring 15 or more points any game.

On who the best dunker on the OU men’s basketball team is:

Cameron Clark, without question, has the best highlight reel dunks. He's had some tomahawk (sp) dunks this year that have been spectacular, including a windmill dunk. Osby can throw it down. M'Baye, the Wyoming transfer who is sitting out this season, is a great dunker but I haven't seen enough of him to compare him. Tyler Neal is highly underrated for his athleticism. Neal was voted the team's best dunker last season. I'd go with Clark but they have a lot of really good dunkers.

On the differences between Lon Kruger and Jeff Capel:

The biggest difference is Kruger is trying to utilize this team's strengths on the perimeter more. He's picked up the tempo and tries to trap defensively, whether it's in the half court or occasional full court.

Also keep in mind Romero Osby has provided much needed rebounding and Sam Grooms gives the Sooners a much needed steady point guard. Both players would have been here if Capel had stayed.

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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