The Oklahoman's Stephanie Kuzydym took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Take a look at the Q&A and join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Call your shot: are the Sooners dancing this year?
Couldn't you have waited after this seven-game stretch to ask me this? Let's say this. If they win the ones at home, steal a couple more on the road and go 3-4 during this seven-game stretch I think they are dancing. However, Kruger's rebuilding history shows that Florida and UNLV did not go dancing until his third year, but people are already talking about how ahead of schedule they think he is with this team.
Curious to get your take on frosh guard, Buddy Hield. I love watching him play and seems to already be a Sooner fan favorite.
Let's start with this. When he sees me he goes: "What's up Daddy-O." That's a direct quote. The kid has an incredible energy. I was talking with one of the other media members yesterday. We were watching OU's practice and it was getting really intense. Amath was mad. Romero was mad. They were all focused and angry ... and there's Buddy singing and talking at the side. He's not being disrespectful. It just seems like certain things don't faze him, like a bigger game. Not in a way like he doesn't care, in a way like it's going to be a game like all the rest and he's going to compete in. Basketball wise, he's aggressive, he's smart and he brings them an energy that goes throughout the whole team. I could tell you tons more on him but I'll start with that.
Who is the best dunker this year for the Sooners?
You saw this, right? I'd have to go with Amath with Cam Clark in second. Amath just has more chances and he's going to shout more after than Cam will. Plus, Amath was just doing some in practice yesterday that were interesting — until he missed one and got reprimanded.
I've been impressed with Cam Clark's move to the "4." Does he seem to be embracing the role in practice/interviews
Honestly, every one on that team seems to embrace all moves that Kruger has made, with the exception being Isaiah Cousins. I mean, he lost his starting spot but they are trying to work with him on being more physical. As for Cam, I haven't gotten a chance to talk with him recently, but I did interview him a month or so ago about having a new role on the team this year (going from a starter to a reserve) and he, along with everyone else I interviewed, said it's Kruger's decision and as long as they are winning, they will help the team in whatever capacity.
Any OU basketball players with nicknames that we should know about? I have heard "Ro" for Osby and "Bird" for Pledger.
You've pretty much got them. Sometimes Lon calls Andrew Fitzgerald "Drew" and the team calls him "Fitz." The three freshman guards will give no other nickname than 'three the hard way' or those kitchen appliances. And Amath is just Amath.
What’s your prediction for tomorrow's game? Any chance OU gets out of Manhattan with the W?
I don't think Oklahoma sneaks away like they did last year. Steven Pledger actually talked about his 30-point game from last year with us yesterday and he said everything was just falling right to him at the right time. However, a definite chance of them getting out with a W. It all depends on if Romero is on plus another starter or again a huge contribution from the bench, plus factor in Rodney McGruder.
Have you heard any 2013 recruiting buzz for OU basketball? Any chance you could get an update from 5 star big man Julius Randle (Plano, Texas)?
No basketball recruiting buzz yet. Still working on football recruiting.
Can anyone oust Kansas from winning the Big 12 this year?
Highly, highly, highly doubtful. Fran Fraschilla and I talked last week and he said Kansas is the clear winner of the Big 12. Right now he thinks it will be Kansas, Baylor. Also heard from other basketball people that it's Kansas and Baylor then there's three pretty good, three ok and then two just clearly at the bottom.