“Buddy is gonna bring that aggressiveness regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench,” Kruger said. “He’s playing well enough to be a guy that jumps in there as a starter. Buddy just wants to play and he’s gonna get his minutes. It’s nice to have that kinda lift coming off the bench for sure.
“He isn’t just doing it offensively. He’s doing it defensively, too. He’s as good an offensive rebounder as you’ll see. He’s very active.”
The activity wore down the Bronchos by the midway point in the first half. The Sooners only led by a point with 11:38 left in the first half. Then it went on a 27-4 run that was capped by a layup from Hield.
The Sooners shot 40.3 percent (27-for-67) and struggled from 3-point range, connecting on 7 of 23 attempts.
Defense was what Kruger sought with the regular season just five days away. OU held the Bronchos to 38.8 percent shooting (24-for-67). It also forced them into 22 turnovers.
Cal Andrews and Christian Huffman led the Bronchos with 11 points apiece.
It just took a little time to get warmed up and used to the surroundings.
“It’s always a little different coming into an (unfamiliar) gym,” Hornbeak said. “We didn’t really get to warm up here — shoot around here — like we normally do, but I feel like we shot the ball pretty well.”
The one thing OU did was soak up the ambiance. They’ve played a couple intrasquad scrimmages at McCasland Field House over the years, but Wednesday was the first game since 1975.
“It was a lot of fun. Everyone was around us, and you could hear them. I’m glad the crowd showed up,” M’Baye said. “It’s something I’d like to do again.”
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