Oklahoma basketball notebook: Zone defense lifts Sooners to win over Texas A&M

For the first time this year, Oklahoma played primarily a zone defense, confounding Texas A&M with a 1-3-1 for much of the game.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 21, 2013
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For the first time this year, Oklahoma played primarily a zone defense, confounding Texas A&M with a 1-3-1 for much of the game.

The Sooners briefly debuted the defensive look against UT Arlington last week before using it extensively for the first time in Saturday's 64-52 win in Houston.

“Unfortunately it gave us some problems and we weren't prepared for it like we need to be,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. “I told the team that was my fault.”

Once the Aggies started struggling from the floor, Oklahoma stuck with the zone and Texas A&M never shot it well enough to force the Sooners to change strategies.

“They weren't shooting the ball with confidence. They weren't shooting it like they can,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “We didn't plan on playing that much zone coming in but it turned out we ended up playing a lot more zone than man. That's the first time we've done that on the year.”

MANKIN SEES EARLY TIME

Freshman forward Austin Mankin hasn't played much more than mop-up minutes so far this season.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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