TEXAS BIGS A CONCERN
Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler and Clark had their hands full against Kansas on Monday.
It won’t get much easier Saturday against Texas.
The Longhorns start 6-foot-9 center Cameron Ridley and 6-8 forward Jonathan Holmes.
“I thought our big guys at Lawrence fought their tails off,” Kruger said. “We’ve got to have even greater effort against Texas and try to do an even better job on the boards.”
Kruger said that likely includes more doubling down in the post, like the Sooners did repeatedly against the Jayhawks.
“You have to,” he said. “Two-fold for doubling is No. 1 try to make it a little more difficult on Ridley and (Prince) Ibeh and Holmes and No. 2 is try to get another guy down there so Ryan doesn’t get in foul trouble.”
TWO-DAY REST NOT MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE
There’s no doubt that having no mid-week game is a big advantage when facing a team who played a mid-week game.
This season, Big 12 teams were 6-2 in such situations, including Oklahoma’s win over Kansas State on Saturday.
But playing on two days more rest hasn’t been much of an advantage for conference teams this season.
Teams that played Monday games are just 4-4 in Saturday games against teams that played Wednesday.
Three of those wins are by league-leader Kansas and two of those are over TCU, which hasn’t won in conference play.
The Sooners have a two-day head start on Texas after falling at Kansas on Monday. Texas played Baylor on Wednesday night.