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Oklahoma basketball: Lon Kruger, Steve Fisher are old friends

By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 20, 2013

/articleid/3767823/1/pictures/1986688">Photo - NCAA TOURNAMENT / COLLEGE BASKETBALL: University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) head basketball coach Lon Kruger greets fans as his team leaves The Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday, March 20, 2013  in Norman, Okla for their first round game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: SSOK101
NCAA TOURNAMENT / COLLEGE BASKETBALL: University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) head basketball coach Lon Kruger greets fans as his team leaves The Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Norman, Okla for their first round game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: SSOK101

SAN DIEGO STATE'S BIG DANCE RESULTS

The Aztecs enter their eighth consecutive postseason (5 NCAA tournaments, 3 NITs) when they matchup against Oklahoma on Friday.

It's the sixth time Fisher has taken the Aztecs to the Big Dance, and his 13th overall. He coached the 1989 Michigan team that won the national title and owns a 22-11 record in the NCAA Tournament.

And the Aztecs have NCAA depth on their roster. Senior guard Chase Tapley has been to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, making him the first such player in program history. In the tournament, Tapley has compiled 52 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

TIP INS

*Oklahoma played 11 games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Sooners went 4-7, with the victories coming against Northwestern State, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Iowa State.

*Kruger has taken four programs to NCAA Tournament wins. He is one of three coaches to do so and the only active coach.

*San Diego State is making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. That's a school record. The Aztecs are 2-8 in college basketball's main postseason tournament.

QUOTABLE

Kruger on what it takes to get a victory in the NCAA Tournament: “Sometimes you get to the tournament and you think, ‘OK, now we've got to play different.' That's not the truth. You have to do what you did and what you're most comfortable doing.”


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