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OU men's basketball notebook: Ryan Spangler's defense makes a difference

OU coach Lon Kruger shook his head a bit looking at Spangler's stat line following the Sooners' 85-65 win over Idaho.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 13, 2013

Spangler's defense makes a difference

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger shook his head a bit looking at Ryan Spangler's stat line following the Sooners' 85-65 win over Idaho on Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

“It's going to be rare that he only has four rebounds in a ballgame,” Kruger said.

Spangler's rebound totals might not have been what they were during OU's first two games, but the sophomore from Bridge Creek did plenty more, especially early when the Sooners struggled to find a rhythm.

“I thought Ryan had his best effort defensively,” Kruger said. “Just awareness, kind of shoring everything up inside, help on penetration here, block a shot there, talking a lot.”

Spangler finished with 13 points and three blocks. He also hit his only two free throws after struggling at the line in Monday's win over North Texas.

CLARK COMES THROUGH

After having a mostly quiet game against North Texas before getting going a bit late, senior Cameron Clark was involved in the offense from the start against Idaho.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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