OU-UALR Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 29, 2013

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“It seems like a while since we have played. It’s good to see the guys back out there. We had a lot of energy and made a lot of plays for each other. We have to continue to work on getting the ball out of the net on the other end. It’s a work in progress. There’s a lot of enthusiasm, we’re making progress all the time and I think that’s the most important thing. The guys feel good about what they’re doing and they recognize that we have got to keep working. We have a lot of work to do on both ends of the floor and with this group I know that working hard is not a problem for them.”

On the performance and flow of the offense:
“It’s characteristic of this group. They’re very unselfish. They’re not concerned about the stat sheet, they keep moving the ball and they want to get the ball to people who get good results and I think we’re doing that. It’s good to see a lot of plays being made for each other. We’re getting set up and knocking down shots.”

On how much the coaching staff had to encourage Cameron Clark to expand his range:
“It’s great to see Cam getting as great of results as he is because he works so hard. He spent so much time last spring, summer and fall in preparation for his senior year. In the past, I think he has kind of deferred to the older guys but it’s good to see him stretch out there, let it go and be more aggressive. We have talked about it for a while and that’s one of the things we did, but it’s a result of Cam putting the time in and having the confidence to do it and he’s doing that.”

On only committing 10 turnovers while playing at such a fast pace:
“Ten turnovers -- anyone in the country will take that. Ten to 12 in there is a pretty good number, especially with the number of possessions we have been playing with. We have a bunch of guys that handle the ball pretty well. Even the turnovers you saw today late in the first half there we just kind of over dribbled a little bit, got into a crowd and got careless here and there. They take pretty good care of the ball in practice and I think you don’t turn it over as much if you’re willing to make a pass to the next guy. These guys are very willing passers and I think that contributes to fewer turnovers.”

On Ryan Spangler:
“Ryan is doing great. He’s a guy that the players appreciate so much because he brings it every day. He runs the floor, he rebounds, he’s all about getting a better team result and it’s good to see him continue to improve on both ends of the floor. He gives us so much awareness defensively. He does a good job back there of directing the defense from behind.”

On what makes Ryan Spangler a good rebounder:
“A lot of it is just instinctive. Last year when he first arrived as a redshirt, he was just a very consistently good rebounder in practice. He works at it, he goes to the ball every time, he has a good anticipation ability of where it’s going off. He works at it. That’s always the bottom line.”

Senior forward Cameron Clark
On when the last time was he attempted eight 3-pointers in a game:
“I couldn’t even tell you. I think this is the first time. Just working on my game and trying to perfect my game, stretching out to the 3-point line. I just did a good job of knocking them down today.”

On playing with confidence:
“My teammates just give me a lot of confidence. They do a great job of getting me the ball. I’m just attacking each time I get the ball and I’m getting good results.”

On shooting 50 percent from 3-point range on the season:
“I’m just putting in hard work and my teammates are trusting in me to be able to knock down the shot. It’s just panned out.”

On freshman point guard Jordan Woodard’s play so far this season:
“I think Jordan’s doing a great job. He’s a young point guard and he still has a lot to learn. But me and my teammates are going to keep on encouraging him. He works hard every day in practice and it’s paying off for him so far.”

Freshman guard Jordan Woodard
On playing well early in the season:
“I’m not really worried about my stat line or anything like that. I just want to go out there and play with my teammates. I’m feeling pretty comfortable right now in the six games we’ve played so far, so I’m trying to keep that up. My teammates and coaching staff just keep giving me confidence. They didn’t want me to play back or play like a freshman. They wanted me to step up and try to be a leader out on the floor, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”



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