Oklahoma basketball: Sooners hoping for productive break

by Ryan Aber Published: February 19, 2014
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photo - OU coach Lon Kruger talks to his team during a timeout in the second half of the Sooners’ 81-66 win against George Mason at the BB&T Classic on Sunday. AP Photo
OU coach Lon Kruger talks to his team during a timeout in the second half of the Sooners’ 81-66 win against George Mason at the BB&T Classic on Sunday. AP Photo

With no games this week, the Oklahoma men's basketball team has used the down time to catch its collective breath a bit.

“It's an opportunity to get a little refreshed, to get nagging injuries more treatment,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Lots of time in practice to work on some fundamentals that we need to work on. It's a very important week to get better. That's our challenge this week.”

The Sooners, who host Kansas State on Saturday, have been give a couple off days this week, and coaches have used some of that down time to hit the recruiting trail.

One of the biggest points of emphasis this week has been on defense.

“Defensively, we just have to make each possession more significant,” Kruger said on SiriusXM's “Inside College Basketball” in an interview with Jack Arute and Mateen Cleaves. “We have to be a little bit more physical, a little more focused. We've moved the ball pretty well consistently, we've shot it decently all year, but we haven't got the stops consistently that we need. So a lot of work to do. A bye week this week so we've got a few days here to try to change our attitude on the defensive end.”

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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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