OU basketball notebook: Zone defense sparks Sooners

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 7, 2012
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Oklahoma didn't play much zone defense during non-conference play but a 1-2-2 zone was effective the final seven minutes of the first half of a 72-61 loss to Kansas Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center. The zone produced mixed results in the second half.

“We need to play some zone,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “It wasn't bad for no more than we've played it. We did some things that helped us. We're going to have to mix in some zone.

SOONERS HAMPERED BY TURNOVERS

Turnovers were one area the Sooners needed to own an edge against the turnover prone Jayhawks. OU, though, committed 17 turnovers, including four in the opening stages of the second half when Kansas went on a 16-4 run to seize control.

“Second half we opened it pretty careless with the ball which gave them a little margin,” Kruger said. “Not only did we turn it over but we turned it over with them shooting layups, which is the worst of both worlds.”

OU HOLDS ITS OWN ON BOARDS

Saturday's game featured the top two rebounding teams in the conference. The Sooners owned a slight edge on the boards much of the game. They ended up battling even (34-34).

Romero Osby grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Sooners grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, a staple that helped them go 10-2 in non-conference play.

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