NORMAN — Oklahoma director of basketball operations Mike Shepard immediately began tracking down game film of San Diego State early Sunday night.
Getting in touch with coaches familiar with the Aztecs shouldn’t have been a problem. Sooner coach Lon Kruger spent seven season at UNLV prior to coming to OU. All of those seasons were spent competing with the Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference.
“San Diego State is a tough team. Steve Fisher does a great job. We battled him a lot of years at UNLV,” Kruger said. “He’s got a very talented, athletic basketball team.”
The Sooners haven’t played San Diego State since 1975 (OU won 79-74 in overtime).
Kruger doesn’t believe his personal history with the Aztecs will have much to do with Friday’s NCAA tournament contest.
“I didn’t see them play that much this year. I know they’re very talented, very athletic,” Kurger said. “As far as knowing exactly about this team, we’ll learn more the next couple days watching film.”
Long trip home: OU returned from Kansas City, Mo., Thursday night after its loss to Iowa State at the Big 12 tournament. Some players went home on the team bus. Others came home with their families.
Romero Osby came home with his family. He said it wasn’t a pleasant ride.
“I was tired and pissed off from losing and then I had to drive and my daughter was driving me crazy. It was a tough ride back,” he said. “I kept thinking if we would have made this play or would have made that play, we would have won that game.
“It was tough. I’m happy we still made it into the tournament.”
Osby’s daughter is 3 years old but seemed to take OU losing personally.
“I think she was mad because Iowa State beat us and her dad didn’t do anything in the second half,” Osby said. “I think she was frustrated at my play in the second half.