“But when he has done it right away, it seems like he’s had a good 40 minutes,” Kruger said. “So, we try to get him started every time out.”
Every player would love to have the offense run through him. OU has plays designed for every player it has on the floor. The overwhelming majority are designed for Romero Osby, Steven Pledger or M’Baye to get open shots or clear lanes to the basket.
It was a huge part of M’Baye’s hot start against the Red Raiders.
“Just getting the ball in the spots I like to have them in. The shots were wide open. I didn’t feel like I forced many shots,” he said. “Anytime I get the ball in position to score, I want to make the best of it.
“When the shots fall like that, it gives me confidence and seems to carry over throughout the game.”
Osby and Pledger have just as much significance to the Sooners on the offensive end. Getting them going early is just as important. The difference is those two seniors have shown the ability to overcome slow starts. Their confidence as scorers is cemented.
M’Baye can still be shaky in that department.
“Sometimes he gets down on himself, but we always try to stay in his ear about keep playing. Because he is talented enough to do that on a nightly basis,” Osby said. “Tonight (against Texas Tech) he looked like the Amath of old. We were excited to see that and happy for him as well. Down the stretch he could be big for us.”
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