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What they had to say: post Kansas vs. Oklahoma – Game 2

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 10, 2013
Oklahoma's Cameron Clark (21), Steven Pledger (2) and Romero Osby (24) wait at mid court as a teammate shoots free throws to close out he second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) 72-66 in NCAA, men's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Cameron Clark (21), Steven Pledger (2) and Romero Osby (24) wait at mid court as a teammate shoots free throws to close out he second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) 72-66 in NCAA, men's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger on multiple players contributing to the win: “It’s kind of the nature of this season. Different guys different nights have stepped up. Romero is the cornerstone most of the time and Pledger most of the time and Amath most of the time. Other guys just stepping up different times so it’s great. A lot of people feel good about their contributions and I’m excited about the next game.”

Kansas coach Bill Self on what Oklahoma did differently in Saturday’s game from the one two weeks ago: “I thought both teams played better today than both teams did at Lawrence. When [Amath] M’Baye made two [three pointers] on the year he makes two and [Romero] Osby’s made four on the year and he makes a big one , and those are the things that are the difference in winning and losing.

“We go triangle and two and they’re late to throw them off, but I think we did an above average job of doing that, but they had some guys that stepped up there and made some shots.”

OU’s senior forward Romero Osby on the team’s energy: “We had a lot of energy from the get-go. Shoot around was really active, the guys were active. Everybody was anxious just to get out there and play.

“That’s the thing you love about college basketball. You have the crowd behind you at home and everybody has enthusiasm. Coach has been preaching that since Day 1, talking and helping each other and making that extra effort. I think that ended up being the deciding factor, the fact that we came out there and played hard and defended well.”

KU’s senior guard Elijah Johnson on what he likes about Oklahoma: “They talk. They’re energetic, and they like to play basketball.”

OU senior guard Steven pledger on getting open in the first half: “I tried to keep my feet moving, that’s all. There migh thave been some cross-moving here and there but I just tried to keep my feet moving and keep my hands ready. That’s been a big problem for me this year, I wasn’t really ready for any passes, so I just try to stay ready for everything.”

KU’s senior center Jeff Withey on Kansas’ energy: “Today we definitely came out, but they did also. We were ready for this game, and we had a lot more energy than at TCU, that’s for sure. We made it a game late and some things didn’t go our way, but we’re not going to stop right now, there’s no doubt about that.

OU’s freshman guard Je’lon Hornbeak on his late-game free throws (He went 4-of-6): “I like being at the free throw line at the end. It’s kind of good, just to know that the team’s looking for you to make the big step right there. I missed two, and I’m not really happy about that, they went in-and-out on me, but the last two I knew the touch and where exactly I needed to put the ball. I was happy we got up four and had a comfortable lead.”

 

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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