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Oklahoma men's basketball: Frosh trio looking to just improve and keep on winning

Je'lon Hornbeak, Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins are three young basketball players looking for more competition to destroy. Next up is Arkansas in Fayetteville.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Staff Writer skuzydym@opubco.com Published: December 3, 2012

photo - Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (right) defends Oral Roberts' D.J. Jackson (left)  during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1211282122354931
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (right) defends Oral Roberts' D.J. Jackson (left) during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1211282122354931

But not all the credit can fall to the trio. They've been just as large in Oklahoma's struggles — not being aggressive enough, playing too quickly.

“Our hope is to slow down as a team,” Hornbeak said. “When they really want us to speed things up, we tend to get out of control.”

Speeding things up is exactly what Arkansas is known for doing with teams. They like making teams play too fast, and they've surely seen on film how Oklahoma fell into the trap against Northwestern State (La.), Oral Roberts and Texas-Arlington.

“It's going to be a task,” Hornbeak said. “I'm not going to say it's going to be a walk in the park.”

If Oklahoma happens to fall into a speed game, it will need one of two things to happen. First, a point guard will need to grab the ball, hold it and tell the team to slow down, like Hornbeak did against ORU. Second, the Sooners will need to continue to hit critical shots, like Hornbeak did with his 3-pointer against Northwestern State that swung the momentum back in the Sooners' favor.

“We all want the same thing,” Cousins said about why Three The Har' Way works. “We have one goal. We want to win.”


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