Oklahoma men's basketball: Starting rosters spots are not guaranteed

Sooners coach Lon Kruger decides starting lineups based on effort in practices and not on seniority.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: December 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012
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Fitzgerald, who started every game the last two seasons and has only one start this season, feels the same way. He sees his current role being similar to last year: take shots, bring energy, have pride in the team and know that whatever decisions Kruger makes are the best for the team.

“I'm just happy to see my teammates play,” Fitzgerald said.

The freshmen carry the same attitude. They know the starting spots they currently occupy could be taken away depending on practice effort. Cousins knew he was coming in and taking a spot as a new player. But he said it was kind of hard to accomplish.

“We had to push ourselves even harder than how we worked already,” Cousins said.

The team talks about starting roster slots like the stock market, a fluid opportunity given to who can create the biggest gain. The Sooners know they have two losses to their record already. This year, they've won games. They've stuck around in situations that, last year, would've ended badly.

“I've been through the ropes already,” Grooms said. “I've won and I've lost. I've seen it all. If I can teach that rather than (the freshmen) learning while they're going through it, it'll help the team out even more.”

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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