Kansas State coach Bruce Weber saw that pay off in late February when the Sooners hit 10 3-pointers and made it to the free-throw line 26 times in a 13-point win over the Wildcats.
“What Lon did was very smart,” Weber said. “He’s really changed his whole offense. Some of it was his personnel, some of it was also, I think, he maybe looked at the rules. He went into a lot of the dribble drive to get to the basket and went to the free-throw line as much as anyone in the league. They put you in a bind.”
There was a price to be paid on the other end, though.
“We probably didn’t handle it as well defensively in terms of guarding the ball,” Kruger said. “I think we adjusted later in conference play.”
The Sooners have been much better defensively, but defense doesn’t figure to be much of a focus Thursday.
“There’s some weapons on that floor offensively,” Phillips said. “And you know what? It’s fun to watch those games. This could be exciting.”