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.

by Ryan Aber
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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