Point guard consistency. First there was Je’lon Hornbeak. Then it was Isaiah Cousins. Then Sam Grooms. Back to Cousins. Back to Grooms. At one point, Kruger had three point guards playing in one game. It caused Oklahoma to struggle for a leader to run the offense and in the end, Lon Kruger really only got half of what he wanted out of each player: aggression and defense
Amath M’Baye’s dominance. Amath M’Baye was all the rave coming into the season. He earned Preseason Big 12 Rookie of the Year honors by the conference. Even M’Baye said back then that the better award would be the end of the season one. He started off the season with SportsCenter dunks and ended it struggling to produce – from the perimeter or the post.
A second shooter. There was none and that left a lot of work on Romero Osby and a lot of leaning on Osby by everyone else on the team.
The last four games of the season. The last four games of the season reminded Oklahoma fans that this is a team a year removed from a 15-16 season and just all the struggles that came before Lon Kruger moved to Norman. The Sooners looked tired and content with just barely making it into the NCAA Tournament (or even the NIT as they began to say near the end of the season). A team can keep saying that they are looking forward to the next game and the next opponent with energy and this and that — but the bottom line is that by the last week of conference play, the Sooners were content with their previous work and switched to cruise control.
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