OU-Texas Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 01, 2014

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“It was just a big-time battle. I thought from the start that our guys really fought back. Texas is really big inside and (Cameron) Ridley is a handful. We had Ryan (Spangler) and Cam (Clark) in foul trouble early. I thought the huge key was that D.J. (Bennett) and Tyler (Neal) came in and did what they have been doing in terms of getting us real quality minutes. Then different guys at different times were making good plays. Isaiah (Cousins) did an outstanding job throughout. Buddy (Hield) hit shots in the second half. Ryan just rebounded like crazy. I’m happy for the guys. It’s tough to beat Texas any time and I’m proud of them.”

On OU’s advantage in guard play today:
“Our big guys really worked hard inside. (Javan) Felix is such a good player right now. He’s playing at a high level and making shots. (Isaiah) Taylor is so tough to keep out of the paint and another good player for them as well. I thought our guys had good focus on what Texas wanted to do and I thought our guys responded with great awareness.”

On if this game shows how much better OU has become on defense:
“No question. The guys have made a ton of progress defensively. Isaiah kind of took responsibility on the perimeter to toughen us up and play with greater purpose and greater significance and the other guys fed off of that. Ryan, of course, plays with as much awareness inside as a big guy as anyone. He is always in the right place at the right time. Again, Ridley is an awfully tough matchup. We have made a lot of progress defensively.”

On if he feels that his team can hang against any type of matchup:
“Our guys have a lot of confidence but they are also very respectful of the opponent. We know any time we line up that it’s going to be a tough battle and we have to play well. If we don’t then we lose. Pretty much any team in the Big 12 can say that because they are playing against really good teams all the time. These guys have battled big guys better here of late. Part of that comes from our perimeter guys doing a better job. They’re keeping the ball in front of them better and the big guys aren’t having to help and get out of position. It all ties together. The guys are playing with a lot of confidence defensively right now.”

On what OU sweeping OSU and Texas for the first time in Big 12 history says about his team:
“I didn’t realize that. We’re glad to be a part of history, I guess. It’s so tough to do that because Texas is always good and Oklahoma State is always good. It’s something our guys can be proud of. It doesn’t help us with the next ball game any but they understand that, too. What happened is in the past and we have to get ready for West Virginia on Wednesday.”

Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield:
On limiting Javan Felix to two points after he scored 28 vs. OU in Austin:
“Coach (Kruger) just kept giving us speeches to play on him and make him take tough shots. He can really go on spurts so we kept switching on him and I think we did a very good job on him.”

Sophomore Guard Isaiah Cousins
On stepping up recently:
“I just wanted to be more consistent and I’ve been practicing all the time. It’s really shown up in the games.”

On scoring off turnovers:
“It just came with the game. I was very aggressive on defense and we got steals. We were just in the right spot at the right time.”

Sophomore Forward Ryan Spangler
On defending Cameron Ridley:
“He’s good. You try not to give him easy baskets, but he fights for position down there and he’s hard to guard. Obviously he got us in some foul trouble down there as we were trying to get around to the front. He did a great job today. He got us in foul trouble, made some easy shots and he put himself in position for that.”

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes
On making uncharacteristic mistakes:
“We turned the ball over. I don’t mind if we turn the ball over because we went inside but the way we turned the ball over -- I think they stole two or three balls when we were reversing the ball. We should have been driving the ball there. I thought our guards were too tentative. If you look at our post players, I think they were 20-for-28 and they shot a pretty good percentage. The thing that bothered me with our guards was the turnovers. Every guard turned it over at least once. We had 16 turnovers and they got 23 (points) off of that. They are a terrific offensive team and Lon (Kruger) has done a great, great job. We turned the ball over and did things that we hadn’t done.”

On if those mistakes were self-inflicted:
“They had to be concerned about the ball going inside and we got stagnant. You still have to make the perimeter guys play. They only turned it over seven times and they did a great job with it. They can put you in long possessions and we did not finish. I love a lot of things about their team. I love (Ryan) Spangler; I think he is terrific. He comes up with those big rebounds. The fact is they won the game and they beat us because they did what they wanted to do and we didn’t.”

On if the team’s road struggles are mental:
“I don’t know how to answer that. I do know that some of our guys are not playing with the necessary toughness on the road. I did say that. Not all of them.”

On similarities in the last couple road losses:
“Turnovers. Just poor offense. Just execution and giving away too many plays. When you look at it, they shot 40 percent for the game. I think we are right around 39 or something like that (defensively on the year). In the zone early we were terrible, in terms of guys not getting to shoot it, but they are going to make some shots. They are going to shoot whether we play zone or man. The 3-ball didn’t beat us. That is not what beat us. What beat us is, again, the extra possessions. They had three in one possession I think. When you have a team that can shoot 3’s like they can you can’t give them all the extra stuff we were giving them.”

On Cameron Ridley:
“What he has done, I told those guys (the guards), you should be out there playing H-O-R-S-E, because everyone is guarding him. He did a good job of getting his space today and doing what he needs to do. It is a tough game for him too because he has to come out and play ball screens. All of our post guys, Jon (Jonathan Holmes) is 5-for-10, Cam is 7-for-10, Conner Lammert 4-for-7 and Prince (Ibeh) is 1-for-1. Again, their turnovers are tough because they don’t have a lot of room to operate and we knew that they were going to get doubled. Again, I don’t have a problem with those guys, I just want to get more out of our guards.”

On the team’s play down the stretch after a good start to the game:
“It starts with the first turnover. I just told Isaiah (Taylor), how do you throw the ball out of bounds?  There was no one around him and those are the 3’s he has been hitting in transition. We had a wide-open look at it and we throw it out of bounds. Those plays are self-inflicted. I don’t want to take away from Oklahoma. Lon -- I love him -- has done a great job and his teams play hard. They have had a great year and they have a lot of basketball left to play.”

On how much Oklahoma has changed since their first meeting:
“Not much. I said this coming in: I think they have done as good a job as anyone at taking advantage of the rules, driving the ball. Every team has tweaks along the way but they haven’t done a lot of things differently. They get going downhill with it. Their dribble penetration is key for them. I think transition defense is important, obviously, but it’s simple. Sixteen turnovers, that’s simple. I don’t want to take anything away from Lon. Anytime you lose games it’s because you’ve been beaten.”

Texas Sophomore Center Cameron Ridley
On the team controlling the ball:
“That’s one thing we need to fix as a team – keeping control of the ball.”

On if he would like to have the ball more:
“Everybody wants the ball more. You could say I want the ball more but at the same time I want my teammates to do good and play as well as they can, too. If they have shots, I wouldn’t mind them taking them instead of me.”

On the team not performing as well on the road:
“I’m not sure what it is. I guess you could say it’s the energy of the gym, maybe. For some reason we just can’t play as well on the road, which is something that we need to fix because earlier in the year we were playing better on the road.”



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