Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 27, 2013

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  Head Coach Lon Kruger

Opening Statement:
"It was a very disappointing result. We played really good basketball for 32 minutes of the game then everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. We certainty contributed to the last seven minutes of the game. I credit Texas for making big plays, they stayed on the attack and did the right things. I am disappointed that we let this one slip away. We have to get through it even though it is going to hurt for a while."

On Oklahoma's next step:
"When you lose a ball game, you are always going to look back to see the things that went wrong. Certainly, there was a lot of opportunity in this ball game when you are up 22 with seven to go. At this point, we have to regroup. That is the nature of conference play. It was a big ball game but there is another big ball game three days from today. We have got to learn from it an try to replicate the first 32 minutes of the game."

  Senior Forward Romero Osby

On Texas' comeback:
"That is life that is the game of basketball. We love it and we hate it sometimes because of that kind of thing. We just did not make the plays. We have to get stops down the stretch. We cannot say that karma came back because he did that [Horns down hand gesture]. If we won the game there would be nothing said about it. I am not going to put that on him."

The difference of Texas' play in overtime:
"After the final play in the second half, they put the press on us, which gave us the momentum; they got buckets and free throws, which made the difference."

  Senior Guard Sam Grooms

On the game overall:
"We did not take care of the ball; we have to crack down with full court press. They were active, got some lose balls and so steals that lead to points for them."

On Myck Kabango:
"He is definitely one of the premier point guards in our league and the country. He is active and he is fast, he is always on the go making plays. If you are his coach then you appreciate it but if you are playing against him you hate it. He never really stops. He continues to come at you, which leads to a lot for his team."

On the last shot of the second half taken by Myck Kabango:
"That was as hard of a shot that they come by, I was surprised that he made that. He had the flow going and made the shot."
  Head Coach Rick Barnes

Opening Statement:
"It is a crazy game. You go to the kids, the momentum, things happen and I tell you with what our group has been through this year and, obviously we got lucky on Myck Kabongo's shot. For a guy who has been through the things he has done he deserves something good like that. I thought they brought their energy for themselves. Nothing was happening in this building and they got it going and I thought the best thing was they were oblivious to everything except what was going on inside the lines. I think they really got lost in the game, I think they got lost in the team, and there were some great plays made by a lot of people."

On Myck Kabongo and the comeback:
" He was terrific and I don't think people truly understand what he did, you are going to look at his line, but to me, the most impressive thing was the 37 minutes at the level that he competed at on both ends. At halftime, you know I wasn't really happy and I asked, 'who was going to guard this guy?' Myck said, 'I will guard him.' I said, 'who is going guard this guy?' Myck said, 'I will guard him if that is what it'll take.' That is the kind of attitude we want. Myck and Demarcus Holland said during a timeout, 'we are going to keep playing,' and that is all we could do. We got aggressive with it and then the momentum swung. We started making some shots but one team gets back on their heels a little bit because the other one is coming because you are down 19 and I mean you guys have been around long enough to know that when momentum changes, some teams are like what just happened. I am sitting here myself thinking what just happened. But it happened and they are guys that deserve the credit for it."

On thoughts about the overall team:
"I have always thought we have character guys. But what I have never understood is why we don't do what we do everyday in practice. That is what I have never been able to figure out. And actually, I am going to tell you at halftime tonight, I am there and I finally look at Dean Melchionni and I said, 'Dean, you have been around here for four year, what do you say?' he just said, 'We don't play like we play in practice. You guys play each other harder in practice than you play out here. Why don't you do it like practice?' And we did. And then after the game, I said, 'Dean what do you think?' And he said, 'we played like the lights were out.' These guys are character guys. I thought two of the biggest plays of the game were Demarcus Holland's two threes because he said, 'Okay, you are not going to guard me then I am going to shoot it."



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