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.
But just like they had 11 days to prepare for that victory against Texas A&M, they'll now have 11 days to sit with that one-point loss to Stephen F. Austin.
As for the solutions, there are not many logical reasons for Oklahoma to play Cole and Bennett when Kruger has players like Isaiah Cousins, Amath M'Baye, Je'lon Hornbeak and Buddy Hield as the fresh talent.
The bench is already strong enough — only being outscored twice this season. Why bring two players out of their redshirt seasons to have them play minimal minutes?
And then the possibility of replacing Groom with Cousins? That's more likely. However, Cousins becoming more physical is also something Kruger has stressed.
The second-year coach is very aware of the problems in his team, yet Kruger seems content to work with what he has.
He continues to say after every loss that the best thing about the team he coaches is no matter what, he knows they're going to return to practice and work hard because they're good guys who want to win.
Sure lots of coaches say that, but Kruger means it because he sees it in his team — especially those starting five.
When Kruger stops stating that his players are working hard to determine their own spots, that's when Sooner fans should really worry.