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Quick preseason analysis of Lon Kruger’s Sooners

Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 1, 2012
University of Oklahoma (OU) Men's basketball player Romero Osby (24) at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma (OU) Men's basketball player Romero Osby (24) at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
The Sooners return all five starters but it’s highly likely that not all five will start in tomorrow night’s exhibition against Washburn.

Here’s how the lineup looks:

G Steven Pledger (senior)
F Romero Osby (senior)
F Amath M’Baye (junior)
G Isaiah Cousins(freshman)
G Je’lon Hornbeak (freshman)

M’Baye did sit out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, which means only 40 percent of last year’s starters would get the start.

This team is looking for 20-wins and a tournament berth for the first time since Blake Griffin walked around Lloyd Noble in a daily basis.

After the exhibition, the Sooners open at home for two games before a game on the road in Arlington and then they go to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic. That’s a schedule that could lead them to a fast start to 20.

Look to Osby’s versatiliy — that led him to average 12.9 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds last season — to help Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger in his second year rebuilding the Sooners.

As for the freshman, Cousins and Hornbeak have great vision to find the open man in the lane. As for junior transfer M’Baye is like a kid at Disney World on the court, he’s just so excited to be out there playing.

That also leaves a strong set of players coming off the bench in freshman Buddy Hield and former starters like Andrew Fitzgerald and Sam Grooms.

Oklahoma’s exhibition begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening where the official starting lineups will be announced.