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October 12, 2012

Sooners, picked seventh, have nothing to hide

NORMAN — No one associated with Oklahoma basketball will likely work for the CIA. The Sooners make little attempt to keep secrets.

Wander by Lloyd Noble Center at 5 p.m. today and you can watch their first practice of the 2012-13 season. If that’s not convenient enough, the practice will be streamed live on soonersports.tv.

The Sooners don’t have anything to hide.

“We don’t have any secrets,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “This game always comes down to execution and doing it well enough to get the result that you want. I think this will be good for the people that want to tune in and find out about what’s going on. Hopefully, they’ll get to know the players a little bit better. In the long run, I hope it will encourage them to come out to Lloyd Noble Center and be part of the crowd.”

The Sooners firmly believe this is a season that won’t end with a loss in the Big 12 tournament.

OU returns its top six scorers from last season’s 15-16 squad, including all five starters. All told, 88 percent of their scoring, 81 percent of their rebounding and 78 percent of their assists from last season will be in the practice gym today.

Steven Pledger and Romero Osby are the Big 12’s leading returning scorer (16.2 points per game) and rebounder (7.3 rebounds per game), respectively. Point guard Sam Grooms ranked second in the league in assists last year (6.0 per game). Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Amath M’Baye, a transfer from Wyoming who practiced with the Sooners last season, will also be on the court.

“We’re a much deeper and more athletic team on the whole,” Kruger said. “There’s gonna be better competition for time, internally. We’ll be able to keep people fresher in ballgames, which is great.”

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