The Norman Transcript


October 29, 2013

Kruger hopeful entering third year at helm

NORMAN — As Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger enters his third season, the program has gained momentum. It’s coming off its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2009 and hopes for a repeat performance this season.

Does Kruger believe the program is to the point where the field of 67 is an obtainable goal every season?

“You always hope you’re a little further along. But for that group to get to the NCAA tournament last year was a nice step. It was a good experience for them and created great memories and was great for our fans,” he said Monday at the Sooners’ media day at Lloyd Noble Center. “They hope to build on that and make progress. The jury is clearly out on that in regard to this group because there are so many new guys.”

The Sooners return the majority of the roster from last season but have to replace their three leading scorers.


Pick up the pace: Every coach says he wants to his team to play up-tempo in November. The hard part is still being able to do it in February and March. But the Sooners believe they’ve assembled a team that can play at a quicker pace.

"We’re playing really up-tempo. It’s fast now. We have chemistry and we share the ball. Everybody is like a guard,” sophomore guard Buddy Hield said. “Cam (Clark) is like a guard but he plays the four (position) for us. Everybody is doing their part and we are sharing the ball. We’re just trying to push the tempo and increase the scoring."


Freshmen impact: One of the biggest reasons the Sooners reached the NCAA tournament last season was the impact guards Hield, Je’lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins had as freshmen.

The Sooners brought in two freshmen guards this season — Jordan Woodard and Frank Booker. Kruger sees similar attributes.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • No new updates into police probe of Norman assault incident

    There were no updates in the Norman Police investigation into the incident that left a female University of Oklahoma student with multiple facial fractures on Saturday and Sooner freshman running back Joe Mixon as the focus of the probe....

    July 27, 2014

  • Furyk take three shot lead at the Canadian Open

    Associated Press MONTREAL — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal....

    July 27, 2014

  • Pair from U.S. will play for Junior title

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole Friday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-American final against William Zalatoris....

    July 27, 2014

  • Gordon an Indy threat in 20 years at the Brickyard

    INDIANAPOLIS — The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway....

    July 27, 2014

  • Dillon races to first career Nationwide win

    INDIANAPOLIS — For a first time winner, Ty Dillon had the Brickyard’s winning tradition down as cold as the celebratory beer he chugged outside his car. “We get to kiss the bricks, baby!” he radioed as he crossed the finish line....

    July 27, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Scott says he will coach Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days....

    July 28, 2014

  • BoSox snap Rays’ streak

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays’ longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games....

    July 28, 2014