OU-Oklahoma Christian Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 04, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
"It was a really good game for us. Obviously, the first half Oklahoma Christian did a terrific job. Dan Hays is a great coach and has won a lot of ball games in his life. They controlled the pace and tempo and did a fantastic job and we didn't affect that very much. We came out with much better energy and much more activity in the second half. We dictated it a lot more on both ends of the floor. It was really good. That's why you play these games -- to get some game experience and to get some things you don't see in practice every day. I thought our guys responded really well to it and made good plays for each other in the second half."

On how close Isaiah Cousins was to playing after getting hurt in Saturday's game:
"Isaiah was close to being able to play. He went through walk-through today and kind of wanted to but he was just a little tender when he landed on a couple of occasions. It was just more precautionary than anything else. We're off tomorrow and he will be full speed come Wednesday. It will be good to have him back at full strength."

On Ryan Spangler shooting 3-pointers:
"He'll shoot a few. He shot it well in Europe. He worked awfully hard last year during his redshirt year at improving his range. That's the thing about this group. These two (Woodard and Hield), along with many others, love being in the gym. They love putting in the time and continue to improve their shooting as a result of that. It's going to pay off in the long run."

On if they're ready for the season opener this Friday:
"We're anxious to play. The exhibition part of the season serves a really important purpose. I know we benefited a lot from each game against two good, smart teams. Now we play a very athletic, good, smart team in Alabama on Friday, so we will have a couple of days to work in preparation for that. I know the guys will be anxious to get down there and get it started."

On if they are still trying to adjust to and figure out the new rules emphasis on defense:
"I think everyone will be for a while. I think our guys have done a pretty good job in both games. Thirty-nine fouls called in the game Saturday -- I thought Washburn did a good job of not fouling -- and even fewer with 29 tonight. That's a number very similar to last year. I think the teams we have played so far have done a good job of keeping their hands back and I think our guys have done a pretty good job. Still, at the beginning of the season I think there will be a little more of figuring out. Officials will be pretty committed to calling it the way it's written and if they do that there will be games with a lot of fouls called before it's all over."

Oklahoma Freshman Guard Jordan Woodard
On playing against a lot of zone defense tonight and if they have worked on that in practice:
"We work on that a lot. Coach prepares us for the defenses we might see. We try to do a good job of executing."

On the adjusting to the defensive rule changes:
"I feel like we've done a pretty good job on the ball but at the same time it is in the back of your mind that with the changes you can't put your hand on them, you can't be as aggressive. But I still feel that we can dictate what the offense is doing. We just have to execute our defensive schemes and be aggressive and talk."

Oklahoma Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield
On getting into the flow of the game:
"We just need to pick it up early. We can't wait until the second half to jump on teams. We started off sluggish but we got our team ready and we got our mojo back together and we kept going afterward."

On adjusting to the defensive rule changes:
"It feels the same. Every day that goes by we get better at that. Coach has the referees come to practice and they tell us what not to do and as we keep playing games we will get better. We just need to keep getting better and sliding our feet better as well."

Oklahoma Christian Head Coach Dan Hays
Opening comment:
"Well, first thing, I'm just really, really thankful to Lon (Kruger) to get this opportunity to come out and play tonight. I thought we played a hard game for a half and then they turned the heat up, which I knew they were going to do, and scrambled the game up and uglied it up a little bit defensively. We started practicing October the 15th so this was actually our 18th practice. I'm really pleased with our guys, especially when we had six freshmen of 12. I thought Kendre Talley was outstanding. It was just a good opportunity for us and we're not going to play anybody like them. It was a really good atmosphere - kind of hot in there. A couple of our guys cramped up and a couple of OU guys cramped up, too. Just thankful for the opportunity to represent OC."

On if he feels that he has some talented guards:
"Yeah, we do. Kendre (Talley) has been here for four years and is just outstanding. Two things didn't help us: (Willie) Harper cramping up -- I would think his right arm is what should have been cramped and he was actually cramping in both calves. And then Nick Tate getting in foul trouble. He had three fouls going in early in the second half. You don't grab a guy and intentional foul. He'll learn from that. We've got three really good guards and we've got some young kids behind them."

Oklahoma Christian Senior Guard Kendre Talley
On what it meant for him playing in this game:
"It was fun. Our coaches just told us to have fun from the beginning. It was a great opportunity for my family to be able to come out and witness this environment. We used to always come to OU games when I was growing up. Being able to play against them -- I never thought I'd be able to play against a D-1 school."



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