OU basketball notebook: Kansas State could slow things down on Sooners

While the first three Big 12 teams the Sooners played were among the top scoring teams in the conference, Kansas State is keyed primarily by its defensive play.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 12, 2014

Tuesday's game at Kansas State (6 p.m., ESPN2) will present a different set of challenges for Oklahoma.

While the first three Big 12 teams the Sooners played were among the top scoring teams in the conference, the Wildcats are keyed primarily by their defensive play.

Kansas State is last in the league in scoring offense, averaging 67.2 points per game, but first in scoring defense, allowing just 59.8.

The Sooners have been held under 70 points just once and haven't scored less than 64 points in a game.

“Their offensive possessions can be a little longer and more patient,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “It's a different style than we've seen in the first three for sure. Not that K-State's trying to slow it down, but they can take their time.”

SOONERS STRUGGLE TO CLOSE OUT

Oklahoma hasn't closed the first half well in any of its first three Big 12 games.

On Saturday, Iowa State scored the final eight points of the first half to go into the break tied.

Earlier in the week, Kansas went on an 11-1 run to go into half with a six-point lead.

In the conference opener against Texas, the Longhorns scored the final five points of the half and had a 13-6 run in the final four minutes.

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“What he did yesterday was just unbelievably significant in that win. The offensive boards he got in the second half especially were just a man going after it. I think he'll just keep doing that. He'll keep making progress and offensively, he's getting more comfortable all the time. Defensively, he plays with great awareness so he's given us a lot.”

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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