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Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooners apply lessons learned during win against Texas A&M

If OU continues to learn from its mistakes, then it just might surprise some people in the Big 12
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: December 16, 2012
/articleid/3738186/1/pictures/1908650">Photo - Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3) tries to track down a ball as Texas A&M's Alex Caruso (21) defends during the All College Classic between the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M at the  Chesapeake Energy in  Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3) tries to track down a ball as Texas A&M's Alex Caruso (21) defends during the All College Classic between the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M at the Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Here's what Kennedy said:

On the physicality of the game: “I think they were more physical ... When Cameron Clark came in and played a 4, or something that he hadn't done a whole lot this year and make shots like he made, that makes a tough match up.”

That's how Powell's hot night was seen — something that is pretty difficult to stop.

There's more. Kennedy, on the pace of the game: “We did a poor job of handling the young guards … give Oklahoma the credit. They were bigger and more athletic than some of the teams we've played in the past.

“They sped us up.”

That's the same thing Arkansas did to Oklahoma. The Razorbacks' speed forced OU into making mistakes. Oklahoma knew it. Then Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, OU applied it against Texas A&M, which finished with 19 turnovers.

Kruger has said many times this is a team that is willing to learn. If it can take what it learns from losses and apply those lessons — well, the Sooners might shock a lot of people in the Big 12.


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