HOUSTON — Sooners basketball coach Lon Kruger has said it repeatedly over the season's first two months.
He's talked about Oklahoma's scoring depth and how on any given night, one of a handful of players could carry the load offensively.
And while there was an element of truth in it, for the most part it hasn't been the case.
Before Saturday's game against Texas A&M, just once had a player other than Cameron Clark or Buddy Hield led the Sooners in scoring. In that one other game, the 101-91 win over Tulsa on Dec. 14, Hield was just one point off Jordan Woodard's game high of 24.
But at the Toyota Center on Saturday night, the Sooners showed just what Kruger had been talking about.
The total offensive output wasn't huge, though 64 points was respectable given the slow start. But the Sooners did that with a combined nine points from their two leading scorers.
Woodard continues to become a more consistent scoring threat and consistently gets to the free-throw line.
Over the last three games, Woodard has averaged 13 free-throw tries per game.
Oklahoma certainly took advantage of Texas A&M's shooting woes — the Aggies shot just 26.9 percent from the floor — but it still proved it could win while both Clark and Hield were cold from the floor.
The duo, who came in averaging a combined 36.2 points per game, hit just 5 of 17 shots.
“Cam didn't seem to have the rhythm that he's had, for sure,” Kruger said. “I thought Tyler (Neal) was terrific when he went in there, especially rebounding the basketball. … Again, depth on this squad is going to be good for us, and when a guy has a little bit of an off night, other guys can step up and play their minutes well.”
The Sooners scored 19 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds. Ryan Spangler had five offensive rebounds.
Things are about to get more difficult for the Sooners, who don't play again until they host Louisiana Tech on Dec. 30.
OU begins Big 12 play Jan. 4 in Austin against Texas, a team that is playing well and then hosts No. 18 Kansas and No. 17 Iowa State.