“Relatively to last year, sure. We have more guys playing with more confidence right now. Obviously, we’re deeper as a group, which helps your confidence level,” Kruger said. “I think they trust each other to be able to step in and take care of responsibilities in kind of an unspoken way. Yeah, we’ve taken steps in that direction to be ready for Big 12 play.”
What has helped has been the ability to win close, low-scoring games. OU has had a penchant for digging out games in the last five minutes all season. The victory over the Mountaineers was one of several that came in that manner.
“There are gonna be games that are tight with the score in the low 60s and they are really defensive battles,” Osby said. “You have to figure out a way to scrape out a win in those games. We’ve played in games like that and won them. I think we’re better prepared for that.”
What happens today could be a precursor to the rest of the season. The Mountaineers (7-5) didn’t get off to the hot start it hoped for this season. They have a three-game winning streak heading into today’s game, and are undefeated at WVU Coliseum.
It’s the kind of game the Sooners have habitually lost since 2009. They’ve shown signs this season of how that could be different.
“There’s a knack to winning and it usually comes down to getting a rebound, getting a stop or making a key shot,” Kruger said. “It comes in a lot of different forms, but we’ve had some close ball games that we have figured out how to win and that’s a good quality to have.”
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