The scoreboard didn’t necessarily illustrate it, but OU might have turned a defensive corner in Monday’s 96-82 victory over Mercer.
That game basically came down to two big OU runs. It had a 14-0 run early in the first half that created a double-digit lead. An 18-0 run to start the second half put the game away.
The key to both was holding Mercer without a basket for several minutes at a time.
“It was one of our better efforts defensively. Mercer is a very good team offensively,” Kruger said. “They run a bunch of stuff and execute it well. I thought our guys battled that pretty well. I thought we took a step.”
Getting those consistent stops is the step the Sooners have to take. Offensively, they’re a very good team, but very good teams can win on the defensive end, too.
“We just have to get to where we’re playing every defensive possession like it’s our last,” guard Jordan Woodard said.
The ability to do it is the only chink in the armor the Sooners have shown thus far, but they’re trying fix it. Today’s game is another chance.
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