Oklahoma didn't play much zone defense during non-conference play but a 1-2-2 zone was effective the final seven minutes of the first half of a 72-61 loss to Kansas Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center. The zone produced mixed results in the second half.
“We need to play some zone,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “It wasn't bad for no more than we've played it. We did some things that helped us. We're going to have to mix in some zone.
SOONERS HAMPERED BY TURNOVERS
Turnovers were one area the Sooners needed to own an edge against the turnover prone Jayhawks. OU, though, committed 17 turnovers, including four in the opening stages of the second half when Kansas went on a 16-4 run to seize control.
“Second half we opened it pretty careless with the ball which gave them a little margin,” Kruger said. “Not only did we turn it over but we turned it over with them shooting layups, which is the worst of both worlds.”
OU HOLDS ITS OWN ON BOARDS
Saturday's game featured the top two rebounding teams in the conference. The Sooners owned a slight edge on the boards much of the game. They ended up battling even (34-34).
Romero Osby grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Sooners grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, a staple that helped them go 10-2 in non-conference play.
The Sooners have a quick turnaround, playing Bedlam rival Oklahoma State Monday night in Stillwater.
“I've seen them a few times,” Kruger said. “They've played a tough schedule. They've had some injuries that have affected their play. (Keiton) Page has been making a ton of shots here of late to help win some games.”
There were hundreds of blue-clad Kansas fans, but the Sooners owned at least a 2-to-1 edge. The game was listed as a sellout (11,268) but there were close to 2,000 no-shows. The official crowd was listed at 9,415... Backup point guard Carl Blair (11 points, three assists) played one of his best games of the season... The Sooners have made only nine 3-pointers their last three games and Steven Pledger has made eight of the nine... The Jayhawks have won seven consecutive games against OU and own a 16-4 edge in the Big 12 era... Andrew Fitzgerald once again was plagued by foul trouble, picking up his fourth foul with more than 10 minutes left... Sixth man Tyler Neal hasn't scored a basket in league play. Neal sank one free throw in the final minute, his only point in two league games.