NORMAN, Okla. -- A new NCAA rule will allow the Oklahoma men's basketball team to begin official practice this Friday, weeks earlier than in the past. The Sooners will hit the Lloyd Noble Center practice gym floor at 2 p.m. as they continue to prepare for the 2013-14 season, their third under head coach Lon Kruger.
Previously, men's basketball practice began the Friday closest to Oct. 15. Thanks to an April rule change, the NCAA now allows teams to have 30 days of practice in the 42 days before their first regular-season game. OU's season opener will be Nov. 8 against Alabama in the Tip-Off Showcase in Dallas, Texas.
As in the past two seasons, Oklahoma's practices will be open to the public. In addition to Friday's workout, the Sooners will practice Saturday at 10 a.m. Next week they'll practice Monday (2 p.m.), Tuesday (2:30 p.m.), Thursday (2 p.m.), Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.). Fans looking to attend OU's workouts should enter via the Lloyd Noble Center's south ramp door.
"We had a very good trip to Europe in August," said Kruger of OU's five-game exhibition excursion to Belgium and France. "We came back and gave the guys some time off to recharge their batteries and now they're excited for the start of official practice on Friday."
MINI PACKS ON SALE
Want a great multi-game deal on OU men's basketball tickets but can't commit to a full season-ticket package? Then take advantage of OU's mini packs, now on sale. For as little $40, fans can purchase mini season-ticket packages for the 2013-14 season. Two options are available:
"Super Saturday Pack" (5 Games)
Attend all five Saturday regular season home games for as little as $40 (that's $8 a game). OU's Saturday opponents are Tulsa, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas State and Texas.
"Pick-Six Pack" (6 Games)
Design your own mini-season ticket package by choosing the six games that best fit your schedule. Select one "premium" game (Kansas or Oklahoma State) and any other five home games. Prices start at $49 ($8.17 per contest).
To purchase tickets, call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-4668 or click here.