While the Sooners built an 11-2 record going into Big 12 play on quick-moving offensive-minded basketball, they're going to need to play better defense and be consistent on the boards in conference play.
Kruger said as much before the game at Texas.
The Sooner defense still showed holes against the Longhorns — they struggled to defend in the paint and gave up far too many open looks. Texas shot better than 50 percent (31 of 61) from the field.
But the Sooners did more to compensate elsewhere.
Things get a lot more difficult this week as Oklahoma hosts No. 16 Kansas on Wednesday and undefeated No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday.
“We've got to prepare with great energy and great enthusiasm and focus every night,” Kruger said of the move into Big 12 play. “And tonight was a good start.”
The Jayhawks wrapped up nonconference play with a home loss to San Diego State on Sunday and come into Wednesday's game just 4-4 since Nov. 29.