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Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger calls OU’s loss to Texas one of the toughest of his career

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
Oklahoma Sooner head coach Lon Kruger reacts to play in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men defeat the Baylor University Bears (BU) 90-76 in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooner head coach Lon Kruger reacts to play in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men defeat the Baylor University Bears (BU) 90-76 in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Take that Oklahoma played 32 minutes of “good basketball.”

Add in that the game was at Texas and then combine that the Sooners didn’t handle the ball well late in the game.

Then mix the fact that this overtime loss to Texas came late in conference play and it’s a recipe for one tough defeat.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger called it one of the toughest losses in his career.

“Disappointing,” Kruger said about the loss. “There’s a few (losses) that kind of linger and that one will linger as much as any. … All those things combined make it one of the more disappointing, most difficult to deal with.”

Kruger explained that while he isn’t the type of coach that stays up all night because of a loss, he does have a shortened night of sleep.

“For every loss, you do that to a certain degree,” the second-year OU coach said. “For (Wednesday) night’s loss, probably more so.”

Oklahoma is now in preparation for their next game: Iowa State. The Cyclones also suffered a tough loss this week when they were defeated at home by Kansas in overtime.

“Feeling the same emotions for sure,” Kruger said of his team and the Cyclones. “Iowa State’s had a bit longer to get over their (loss), or dwell on it — whatever they do with it —  then we have. Still disappointing losses for sure.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
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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