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

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.

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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