Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners commit just seven turnovers, grab nine steals

Sooners did not want to have an energy letdown coming off big conference victory over Kansas.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 11, 2013
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photo - TCU's Nate Butler Lind (21) and Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) chase a loose ball during an NCAA men's basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
TCU's Nate Butler Lind (21) and Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) chase a loose ball during an NCAA men's basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

In Oklahoma's first conference game against Big 12 newcomer TCU, the Sooners took care of the ball, committing only seven turnovers. They had nine steals in a 75-48 rout of the Horned Frogs.

Oklahoma's previous victory was over then-No. 5 Kansas. The Sooners talked about not having a letdown in energy for Monday night's game.

TCU coach Trent Johnson also praised the Sooners for their skill and talent on a deep roster.

“Make no mistake about it,” Johnson said. “That's an NCAA tournament team. All they have to do is remain healthy.”

LEANING ON HIS FRESHMAN GUARDS

With the loss of Buddy Hield to a broken foot, OU coach Lon Kruger will likely have to lean on his freshmen guards more.

He recently moved Isaiah Cousins to the role of starting point guard, which shifted Je'lon Hornbeak to the wing. Hornbeak became a reserve but could become Hield's replacement.

 “It's important anytime you have a guy out with foul trouble or injuries that another guy is able to step up and pick up the slack,” Kruger said. “This group, as you know all year, has different people during different games make the difference.

 “Our depth is good. Don't like the injury of course. It's an unfortunate part of the game, but having good depth helps when you do have injury or foul trouble or whatever.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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