Oklahoma basketball: Lon Kruger will keep letting players determine their spots

Players determine their spots. If Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger has said it once — well, let's just say he's said that every time he's been asked if he's going to change the Sooners' starting lineup.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 23, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger talks with the media during the Sooner Caravan stop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger talks with the media during the Sooner Caravan stop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Players determine their spots.

If Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger has said it once — well, let's just say he's said that every time he's been asked if he's going to change the Sooners' starting lineup.

And he's been asked before almost every one of Oklahoma's 10 games this season.

The lineup is always this: two seniors, one junior, two freshman. Check. Those are the players who have determined the starting spots.

Yet after the loss to Stephen F. Austin, many fans are looking for ways to solve Kruger's physicality — or losing — problem.

Bring C.J. Cole and D.J. Bennett out of their redshirt years, some say. Switch freshman starting guard Isaiah Cousins with veteran starting guard Sam Grooms, others have recommended. Do this. Do that.

Here's what Lon Kruger is most likely going to do. He's going to keep letting the players determine their spots.

He's going to make them learn to be physical and learn from losses to teams like Stephen F. Austin, a loss that left his players frustrated and eager to improve.

Oklahoma lost a nonconference game Tuesday for the first time in 36 home contests. Losses happen, but the 56-55 loss to Stephen F. Austin wasn't surprising. When the Sooners practice well and physical, they come out like they did against Texas A&M.

The loss to SFA was a byproduct of the lackadaisical practice on Monday in which the players were lethargic and sloppy.


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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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