Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooners return from 11-day layoff

Team talked about loss to Stephen F. Austin, what it needs to do to succeed rest of the way
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 28, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) goes past Stephen F. Austin's Taylor Smith (32) during a college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Stephen F. Austin University at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) goes past Stephen F. Austin's Taylor Smith (32) during a college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Stephen F. Austin University at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

How has Amath M'Baye looked?

“Amath has looked really good. He's been staying aggressive and staying after practice and getting those shots. He looks to be real confident, and I think he's going to come out of that funk that he's been in and play better. It's just a matter of time, because he does work hard and he's really talented.”

Have you talked with him at all about that funk? Do you think it's partly because his mom was here in the very beginning but now she's back in France?

“I don't know. I haven't really talked with him about that personally, but you know that could have an effect on him. He probably does miss his mom, but I don't think that probably has anything to do with his game. He's played well and she hasn't been around all this time.

“He knows what he needs to do, and nobody's more frustrated about the way he's playing then he is. so I try to stay away and make sure I don't be that nagging-in-the-ear guy. I just let him play. I know him. He's a good player. He works so hard, and he's going to come out on top.”

Looking ahead to Ohio, what do you see?

“They're a really good team. They're not to be taking lightly. They were in the Sweet 16 last year, and this year they've got a lot of the same guys. I'm just expecting us to go out there and play as hard as we can play, be physical and try to come out with the W on our own floor against a really good team.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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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