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.”