Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sunrise in Sooner Nation as OU beats Kansas

The Sooners' 72-66 win over Kansas was especially sweet for OU freshman Buddy Hield, who attended high school in Kansas at Sunrise Christian Academy.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 9, 2013


Many big names were inside the Lloyd Noble Center to watch Oklahoma's first home game since a loss to Kansas State a week ago.

Sitting courtside were Thunder general manager Sam Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas also watched the game. Ilgauskas is the Cavaliers' special assistant to the GM.


Kansas guard Elijah Johnson on what went wrong: “I can't say. ... You can't ask a man who just got knocked out to count to 10. He can't think straight right away.”


*OU's upset of No. 5 Kansas was the first for the Sooners over an AP top-five opponent since Jan. 28, 2006, when the Sooners beat Texas 82-72.

*Coming into the game, the Jayhawks had held opponents to a .356 field goal mark this season. Oklahoma went .448 from the field Saturday (. 556 in the first half).

*When fans stormed the court, many of the women's basketball and football players were included in the crowd, including returning defensive back Aaron Colvin, who tweeted that he was rushing the court for the first time at a game.

*Oklahoma's next game is against TCU at 6 p.m. Monday in Norman.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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