Oklahoma basketball: Speeding up slows down Sooner attack

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 4, 2012

Oklahoma knew Arkansas was going to try and push the pace Tuesday night.

The Sooners prepared for it. They came out playing slow.

But the Razorbacks still got the Sooners to speed up and commit errors as Arkansas won 81-78.

Oklahoma's slow pace lasted for about two minutes in the first half. Then the Sooners took off running down the court like the next shot was the game-winning buzzer beater.

It's happened in OU's last three games, against West Virginia, Oral Roberts and Northwestern State. The Sooners' faster pace led to nine turnovers in the first half and eight more in the second against Arkansas.

“Yeah we got off to a good start attacking,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Want to attack pressure. They do a good job to speed you up, do it under control. We were not quite strong enough with the ball or being aware enough.”

OU SHOWS IMPROVEMENT AFTER HALFTIME

The Sooners seemed to find their rhythm in the second half.

They improved in almost all areas of the game. Their first-half field goal percentage was 48.4 percent. It improved to 64 percent in the second half. The 3-point percentage skyrocketed from 12.5 to 71.4 percent.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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