OU basketball: Woodard brothers will bring a little more edge to OU-Tulsa matchup

James is a sophomore starter for Tulsa, while Jordan is a freshman starter for Oklahoma. Neither want to draw blood from the other Saturday, but both want to win badly.
by Ryan Aber Modified: December 14, 2013 at 11:36 am •  Published: December 13, 2013

Jordan also got a leg up on his freshman year when James put him through workouts this summer — without drawing blood.

“It was a big help,” Jordan said. “He got me in the gym, and he'd already had the college experience and the workouts, so he put me through a lot of it. I also got to see a lot of college games last year when I could, so being around it helped me be ready.”

James has enjoyed watching his brother's success.

“I'm very proud of him,” James said. “Lon Kruger's doing a very good job with everybody over there. It's exciting to me to watch him grow as a player and control that type of team at an early age and bring them success.”

James said he expects both will be at the top of their games when they face each other for the first time in a game.

“We always make the best out of each other, and that's what we plan to do when we face each other Saturday,” James said.

The talk between the brothers has heated up over the past few weeks as the game drew closer.

Jordan doesn't hold back on his older brother.

“It's nothing that he hasn't heard before — he can't hold me. He ain't going to score on me. That stuff that we've been talking about since we were little.

“I'm about to show y'all how we used to do it growing up.”

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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