(Norman) Getting our first look at Lon Kruger’s second season Sooners in exhibition tonight against Washburn.
Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Wyoming transfer, Amath M’Baye of France, has been fun to watch in spurts. Extraordinary vertical from spot, he’s a good complement to senior Romero Osby. But he is no banger, and at his listed weight of 208 is out scaled by senior guard Steven Pledger (219).
In open floor he shows quick long steps (think Kevin Durant). Question will be how he handles the body mis-matches.
Chemistry is not yet evident on the team as freshmen Buddy Hield, Jelon Hornbeak, Isiah Cousins all got significant minutes in first half.
OU led 40-28 at break.
Guards shooting well, 11-18 through 28 minutes.
Problem: Washburn is right w them on boards , Sooners lead 27-23. If you can’t dominate a DII opponent inside (even a good one) then how will you fare when the DI season opens next week on the 11th at home against La. Monroe?
Update 3 4:51 to play
After Ichabods played Sooners even in second half fr about 9 minutes, the energetic Hield ignited the crowd and team. In backcourt w senior Sam Grooms (we may see that quite a bit this year), Sooners pulling away.
Sooners led by Hield w 16 pts 5 Ren,3-4 threes in 17 minutes. MBaye played only 25 minutes but showed increasing hope and finished w 16 and 5 reb.
Problems: 39-36 narrow rebound advantage.
Exhibition vs UCO at McCasland Field House Wed Nov 7.
“We gotta be a lot more solid defensively.” Lon Kruger said. “We’ll improve in that area.”