Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners commit just seven turnovers, grab nine steals
Sooners did not want to have an energy letdown coming off big conference victory over Kansas.
In Oklahoma's first conference game against Big 12 newcomer TCU, the Sooners took care of the ball, committing only seven turnovers. They had nine steals in a 75-48 rout of the Horned Frogs.
Oklahoma's previous victory was over then-No. 5 Kansas. The Sooners talked about not having a letdown in energy for Monday night's game.
TCU coach Trent Johnson also praised the Sooners for their skill and talent on a deep roster.
“Make no mistake about it,” Johnson said. “That's an NCAA tournament team. All they have to do is remain healthy.”
LEANING ON HIS FRESHMAN GUARDS
With the loss of Buddy Hield to a broken foot, OU coach Lon Kruger will likely have to lean on his freshmen guards more.
He recently moved Isaiah Cousins to the role of starting point guard, which shifted Je'lon Hornbeak to the wing. Hornbeak became a reserve but could become Hield's replacement.
“It's important anytime you have a guy out with foul trouble or injuries that another guy is able to step up and pick up the slack,” Kruger said. “This group, as you know all year, has different people during different games make the difference.
“Our depth is good. Don't like the injury of course. It's an unfortunate part of the game, but having good depth helps when you do have injury or foul trouble or whatever.”