NORMAN — With two weeks left before its first exhibition game, the Oklahoma men's basketball team learned what it needs to improve on during Saturday's scrimmage at McCasland Field House.
“That's the good thing about a scrimmage, you get everything on tape and you can't hide from your mistakes,” said junior M'Baye, who was named the Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. M'Baye had six points and six rebounds Saturday. “There's a lot of things we need to work on but a lot of good things too.”
Senior forward Romero Osby led the scrimmage with 24 points, but the Sooners ended the game with a 46.6 shooting percentage on field goals.
The scrimmage was played with four 10-minute quarters and no halftime. Players did switch teams mid-scrimmage, but the final score was White 67, Red 56.
Starters for the Red team were Osby, Cameron Clark, Andrew Fitzgerald, Sam Grooms, and Steven Pledger. Starters for the White team were M'Baye, Isaiah Cousins, Buddy Hield, Casey Arent and Tyler Neal
Second-year coach Lon Kruger said if he had to give a game ball, it would be split between a few guys like Osby, Neal and Cousins.
“Pretty typical first scrimmage,” Kruger said. “Lot of good things. A lot of things we need to work on. Good to see the guys get out in front of people and transfer from practice to a gamelike situation.
“Good reminder that we've got to improve our habits and improve a lot of things but still excited about this group a lot.”
Squeaky shoes, slippery floors
As squeaks filled the rafters of the McCasland Field House, so did a few gasps. About 800 fans watched the Sooners run across a slick court. Multiple times a Sooner had the ball on offense and went to drive the lane or cut across the court and ended up slipping. Cousins even did a half-split while dribbling and recovered before passing the ball off.
“I fell like five times,” M'Baye said. “I don't know if something was wrong with the floor or my shoes.”
The Sooners will play two other games inside McCasland. The first game is an exhibition against Central Oklahoma on Nov. 7. The second is Dec. 31 against Texas A&M — Corpus Christi.
Freshman Buddy Hield, who scored 16 points and had five rebounds: “I can do better. I did what coach wanted me to do, come in, rebound the ball, score a little bit.”