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OU men's basketball: Sooners will turn up the tempo this season

The Sooners, who averaged just more than 70 points per game last year, want to play a faster brand of basketball.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 28, 2013
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photo -  Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3) reacts during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3) reacts during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“The decision-making becomes that much quicker,” Hornbeak said. “Windows are that much quicker. You enjoy it though, because there are going to be times when you make big plays.”

Those plays, though, might not always lead to assists for the point guard.

“You have to calm down and know that sometimes you have to make the hockey play,” Hornbeak said. “You understand that. There are times I make the pass, and that pass will be to the lob and I don't get the assist for that.

“You won't be able to see that in the stats, but my team recognizes it, my coach recognizes it and that's all the really matters.”

Kruger said there will be an adjustment period, that could last until Big 12 play begins, as players get comfortable with the rules changes.

The up-tempo style, though, will be a fit right away, especially after gaining game experience during an August trip to Europe.

Even the Sooners' big men — D.J. Bennett and Ryan Spangler especially — are looking forward to moving at a more rapid pace on the offensive end.

“That's one of our biggest strengths in the group. With me and Spang(ler) being more of athletic-type bigs, I would say we're going to use that a lot as far as getting the ball doing,” Bennett said. “We're going to be a more athletic team and we'll be more fun to watch.”

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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