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Oklahoma basketball: Ryan Spangler's efforts to keep his composure working well so far

After never playing much of a factor in a loss against Kansas, the sophomore from Bridge Creek via Gonzaga has turned in a pair of monster games and he's going at it in a way that's endearing him to Oklahoma fans and frustrating opponents.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 17, 2014

“I've just got to be smart about it.”

Over the last two games, Spangler has combined for 37 points and 29 rebounds — 16 on the offensive end.

“Ryan has been just outstanding,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “His effort on the boards, getting more comfortable with offense, his activity — he's just been terrific. I know he'll keep working to keep it happening.”

The Sooners aren't likely to continue to get that kind of production out of Spangler every night, but he'll need to have another big game Saturday if Oklahoma is to have a chance to upset No. 12 Baylor in Waco, Texas. That game tips off at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

“He's like our motor now,” senior forward Cam Clark said. “He's just bringing the energy every day. We're going to need him a lot.”

The Bears have 7-foot-1 center Isaiah Austin and 6-foot-9 forward Cory Jefferson, who combine to average 23.5 points and 13.9 rebounds per game.

Spangler is the Sooners' biggest starter at 6-foot-8.

“Always,” Spangler said when asked if he was looking forward to facing off with Austin. “They might be able to use their length against me but I'm a pretty smart player. I'm not trying to let them get blocks on me and get out and go. I've just got to beat them with hustle. That's what I rely on every game.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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