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Catching up with Lon Kruger pre Kansas State

Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 19, 2013
OU coach Lon Kruger’s number hangs from the rafters at Bramlege Coliseum, where the Sooners will play Saturday. Kruger starred at Kansas State from 1971-74. He was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year. AP photo
OU coach Lon Kruger’s number hangs from the rafters at Bramlege Coliseum, where the Sooners will play Saturday. Kruger starred at Kansas State from 1971-74. He was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year. AP photo
It’s been two weeks since Lon Kruger’s team played a road game. They got away with that one — in Morgantown, Va. against the Mountaineers — with a win.

Now at 12-3, 3-0 in their season, the Sooners will look to win another road game in the house that was one of the foundations of some of their coaches coaching careers - head coach Lon Kruger and assistant coach Steve Henson.

The game tips at 3 p.m. Here’s what Lon Kruger had to say about OU’s trip to Manhattan.

They seem even without Frank Martin to play good defense.

Yeah very good. They’re just a year improved from a year ago. They’re doing a great job. They had a great season a year ago. Have most of them back. They’ve very good. Very good defensively, moving the ball well offensively to the point where he’s got them playing very well.

Is McGruder playing that much better individually or are they doing things to free him up to score more?

Oh, McGruder’s such a good player. Obviously a guy like that you can run plays for as well. … He scores in a lot of different ways.

Steven had a huge game against them both times last year. It didn’t seem like it came out of any set plays, just that it came at the right place at the right time.

 Steve shot it very well against him last year. We need that again.

Particularly the game in Manhattan last year.

He hit some shots down the stretch that we really needed to have to win on a road game which is often times how you win a road game. You’re right there, you’re right there and then somebody makes a big shot or two and you’ve got a little four-point margin and that’s kind of what it takes. When you go on the road into a great environment, tough place and good team so big challenge.