The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off an 11-day hiatus after losing their third game of the basketball season, to Stephen F. Austin, on Dec. 18.
The last time OU had an 11-day break, the Sooners played exactly like Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger hoped — aggressive and physical — on its way to a 10-point victory against Texas A&M.
Now, the Sooners haven't played since that loss to Stephen F. Austin. On Saturday, they'll take on Ohio, a Sweet Sixteen team last season.
Romero Osby said the practice and a long talk after that loss has helped the Sooners figure out some things on the defensive end.
Did you guys talk about what happened against Stephen F. Austin?
“We did that the day after Stephen F. Austin — just talked about some things we needed to do better and do better as a team and get better at. We just kind of used those four days off to get our minds cleared, get away from basketball and come back strong the day of Christmas.”
Was it an open discussion?
“It was an open discussion just about the team. Everybody's frustrated with losing, of course. At the same time, we don't take our frustrations out on each other. We realize it is a team effort. We weren't doing things well as a team, so it's something we need to correct.”
That first day back at practice, what was the atmosphere like?
“It was Christmas Day, and everybody was well-rested from being back with their families, but they knew we had to get back to business. So it was kind of all business.
“It was one of those practice that was intense, but we didn't go too, too long because it was Christmas Day. It was just one of those practices where we tried to get as much out of it as we could.”