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OU coach Lon Kruger trying to get Sooners back on the map

BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS — University of Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger said Thursday it will be a big challenge to get Oklahoma competing at a high level. He also said the OU players understand their role in that challenge.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 20, 2011 at 11:10 am •  Published: October 20, 2011

* On Romero Osby, a transfer from Mississippi State: “From day one, he's been a terrific worker. He's all about the team. During the preseason work, he was one of the guys that worked really, really hard every day. And he's pretty versatile on the court. He'll play a little bit more of a power forward — inside/outside. We're not a big group so (Osby) is a big guy we've got. He's got to move out on the floor and face up, play like a perimeter guy, but he's also strong and can post up inside. We need him to rebound the ball very well for us.”

* On facing Kansas State, his alma mater, twice a year: “It will be a little bit different for sure. Big fan of Kansas State. Obviously (K-State coach) Frank (Martin) has done just a terrific job in getting that program back to the national level and (I am) really proud of that as an alum. But I'll be pulling for Kansas State every time they play, just like we always have, with the exception of a few nights now, but a big fan of what Frank is doing there.”