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What Oklahoma had to say after the loss to San Diego State

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: March 23, 2013
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3), left, and Oklahoma's Sam Grooms (1) sit on the bench late in the second half of a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3), left, and Oklahoma's Sam Grooms (1) sit on the bench late in the second half of a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (3), left, and Oklahoma’s Sam Grooms (1) sit on the bench late in the second half of a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman


Senior Romero Osby on Oklahoma’s struggles: “As far as struggling, offensively that’s always something that’s going to happen in basketball seasons, but we could have done some other things better. We still could have gone to the offensive glass more, still could have defended them more and made it a tight grind it out game game. But all credit to San Diego State, they guarded us well and we didn’t guard them as well.”

Junior Amath M’Baye on what responsibilities will fall to him now that Os by’s season is done: “Romero did an amazing job and it’s my job to get in the gym and get myself prepared to assume a role like that, and that’s what I’m going to do. I have no doubt I’m going to be in the gym all summer working on my game and hopefully do the same thing.

M’Baye on what this season taught him about next year: “Just taught me a lot , probably like I’ve got to get a little more patient, and I thought everything was going to fall into place for me, and it didn’t. But it taught me that basketball is a team game, and if you play your cards right, you’re going to win games and I think that’s what we did.”

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger on the team’s bad slump to end the season: “At different times, the timing for that was not good in this particular case for sure, when you’re finishing the season and going into tournament play. But again, like Roe said, San Diego State does a good job defensively, and they forced some shots, and they deserve some credit even though we had some looks that didn’t go down.

“It was a combination of the two, us not making shots. Credit the defense for doing a good job. But yeah, the timing of not making shots was not good.”

Kruger on if the guys surrounding Osby did enough Friday night: “Well, when you get beat, you’re not doing enough. I thought obviously Roe did — battled it. Statistically, other guys didn’t shoot the ball as well as we need to beat good basketball teams. I thought San Diego State did a better job than we did, especially in the second half there when the game was kind of in the balance. I thought they converted some things offensively, were a little tougher to the boards offensively. We didn’t get things done on our end.”

Kruger on taking the program to the tournament in his second year as OU’s head coach: “This group did a remarkable job. They stated as a goal back in November and October that they wanted to play in the tournament. I don’t know that a lot of people really gave them a lot of attention to that, and yet they just kept grinding and kept improving.

“I think just the progress they’ve made is great for the program, just absolutely terrific. The freshman are going to get better, the guys coming back, a couple guys sitting out, they’ll all benefit. They’ll all benefit from what these guys have done.”

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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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