OU men's basketball to play 2 games in McCasland Field House

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 30, 2012

The Oklahoma men's basketball team will play two of its 2012 home games at McCasland Field House on the OU campus.

OU's Nov. 7 exhibition game against Central Oklahoma and Dec. 31 regular-season contest vs. Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (2 p.m.) will be played as part of the inaugural Field House Series inside the 84-year-old venue.

"We are excited to bring our men's basketball program back to the heart of campus for these rare appearances at McCasland Field House," said OU athletics director Joe Castiglione. "Coach (Lon) Kruger possesses a great appreciation not only for the history and tradition of OU basketball, but also for this venue, where he competed as an opposing player. He has done an incredible job integrating his team with our students and OU fans everywhere since the moment he stepped on campus. While the Lloyd Noble Center continues to serve as the home for OU basketball, we're ecstatic to afford this opportunity to create a unique and spirited game environment at McCasland Field House."

Kruger, who is starting his second season at OU, played in two games inside the OU Field House as a Kansas State guard in the 1970s.

"This is going to be a lot of fun for our players and fans alike," Kruger said. "McCasland Field House represents a significant piece of OU basketball history, and my memories of playing there and how tough an environment it was for our K-State teams are quite vivid. Due to its size and how the seats are right on top of the court, the building generates natural electricity. Our players and staff are looking forward to experiencing with our fans, for these two games, that combination of intimacy and raucousness that the Field House produced for so many years.

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