Kruger isn’t concerned with Clark’s play or demeanor.
“Cam’s just gotta let it go. It’s Big 12 play. People are going to point to him and target him. He’s just got to stay aggressive,” he said. “I thought he turned down some shots early to try to get closer. Those are shots he shoots really well. We need him to stay aggressive. It’s confidence as much as anything right now. He’ll bounce back.”
Because a hot Clark does make OU a different team. He’s more than OU’s leading scorer; Clark is its most exciting player. There’s an energy that it receives when he’s scoring well. The entire roster seems to plug into his confidence.
But Clark is wise enough to know shots won’t fall every night. That can’t be the only way he can help OU win.
The Sooners had Wednesday off. They’ll return to practice Thursday and begin preparing for Saturday’s meeting at No. 12 Baylor. It’s the final game in a brutal five-game run to open the conference slate in which OU has played four teams that were ranked at the start of conference. They’ve split the first four. Finishing the gauntlet over .500 could very keep the Sooners in the AP Top 25 for a second straight week.
The Sooners need that energy from Clark to do it. Tuesday was a bad night. He’s ready to move on.
“Credit K-State. They’re a great defensive club and got after us,” he said. “We’ve just got to get back to the drawing board and get better.”
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