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January 14, 2014

Sooner offense faces challenge from Wildcat defense

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NORMAN —

It was a step in the right in the direction.

“We’re making progress defensively, but we still have a long way to go,” Kruger said. “We haven’t played with the confidence and anticipation you have to have.”

If OU can discover those two things, its stunning start to Big 12 play may very well continue to roll through the Wildcats.

These strength-on-strength matchups rarely live up to the billing. When polar opposites meet, usually a weakness turns out to be better than expected.

The Sooners know if they want to beat the Wildcats, they have to beat them at their own game — they have to guard them.

It’s something Kruger has labored with the team all season. Winning in the Big 12 will mean winning close games. An over-reliance on scoring makes winning much tougher.

Consider the Kansas State game a test for the rest of the season: The Sooners have to battle at both ends to win tough games — road games — against quality opponents.

“Every possession has to mean more to us,” OU guard Jordan Woodard said.

Tonight, OU needs to show that it understands that.

John Shinn

Follow me @john_shinn

jshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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