Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooners go back to the future

OU will face UCO in an exhibition game at McCasland Field House on Wednesday night.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 6, 2012
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photo - OU COLLEGE BASKETBALL: James Fraschilla (13) runs past Je'lon Hornbeak (5) during a University of Oklahoma scrimmage basketball game at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
OU COLLEGE BASKETBALL: James Fraschilla (13) runs past Je'lon Hornbeak (5) during a University of Oklahoma scrimmage basketball game at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

— The sounds from the sneakers of great basketball players used to fill the rafters of McCasland Field House. The sneakers of Oklahoma greats like Scott Martin, Bobby Jack, Bob Pritchard and Alvan Adams.

Now, the sneakers of Oklahoma's Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye will make the noise that fills the newly renovated McCasland Field House in Oklahoma's second exhibition game when the Sooners play Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

There isn't a player on the roster that was around when Oklahoma last played basketball on the floor of the field house, but Lon Kruger does have a history with the “small” and “cozy” hall of hoops.

Oklahoma's second-year coach played twice in the field house as a guard for Kansas State. His only win at McCasland for the Wildcats came in 1972, when he led his team with 18 points and nine rebounds to a 80-71 win.


by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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