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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

But late in the first half Saturday, Kruger inserted Mankin for Frank Booker for nearly four minutes.

Mankin quickly took advantage, grabbing a defensive rebound on his first possession on the floor and then hitting a 3-pointer at the other end.

It was Mankin's first field goal of the season.

“We need to get Austin in that rotation a little bit more,” Kruger said. “Especially with Je'lon (Hornbeak) out. We need one more guy to get into that rotation.”


The Sooners (11-1) are off for more than a week before hosting Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Dec. 30.

The Bulldogs, who lost to Oklahoma State 70-55 on Dec. 14, are 9-3 entering Sunday's game against Louisiana-Monroe.

OU's game against Louisiana Tech will be its final nonconference game before beginning Big 12 play at Texas on Jan. 4.