Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 09, 2013

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  Head Coach Lon Kruger

Opening comment:
"It was a good ball game. I thought the guys had good energy from the start, moved the ball well and had pretty good activity on loose balls. We withstood the run by Oklahoma State there in the second half and gained our composure pretty well at that point and made good plays for each other down the stretch. It was a little sloppy there late, but we will learn from that and hopefully get better. Overall, it was a good win for us and we beat a really good ball club. Oklahoma State is a really good team and any time we can beat a good club like that, we feel good about it."
On setting the tone early:
"Any time we can get off to a good start just reinforces what we have done in practice, of course, and we feel good about that. Everything is just a building process and we feel better, a little more confidence, and the guys start trusting each other a little bit more. We are still trying to understand how tough each possession has to be, and we have a ways to go, but we are making progress."
On his team feeding off of the crowd:
"We had a great crowd and that is always important. Something we want to continue to do is build that base, and I think this group is really easy to watch, fun to cheer for, and they work hard. When a crowd like that comes and sees good results, good effort, and sees a group that works hard, hopefully that will encourage them to come back and we will keep building on it."
On his team's depth:
"I think the depth is a big key. We have veteran guys coming off the bench, and last year we didn't quite have that ability to sustain anything good that we had going. We have Andrew (Fitzgerald), and Sam (Grooms) came in today and plays great in a critical stage, and I think (Isaiah) Cousins is a talented freshman that is going to get better and better. Cameron (Clark) is doing a great job off the bench, as well as Tyler Neal, a veteran guy, coming in. That depth is important in sustaining good play."
On how OU defended Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart:
"Marcus Smart is a terrific player, and with any great player you have to give them a little extra attention. The guy that is on him has to work hard, and we have to be ready to help in either direction. I think Marcus was burdened by the fouls tonight, which limited him a little bit. He is a terrific player and makes those around him better."

  Senior F Romero Osby

On improving in close games from last year:
"We're just trying to learn from last year and bring some of the new guys along with us. We've got five seniors, so we know how it is being in close Big 12 games and having to come down the stretch and just don't make enough plays to win the game. So it's been big for us; I think it's been good because coach scheduled a lot of road games for us early in the year, forcing us to play with our backs against the wall. I'd like to think we've gotten better since then."
On veterans coming off the bench:
"That is really unique and it is really unselfish for those guys. Our chemistry has been really good and I think it's been real good for us because we have young guys who are learning and getting an opportunity to step up and guys getting more comfortable. Steve (Pledger) and I are trying to maintain the front, as far as being seniors in the starting lineup, I think it has been real good for us. And that is unique to have five starters back from last year and three come off the bench. That has been good for us."
  Freshman G Buddy Hield

On responding to Oklahoma State:
"It was big. When we were up by 12 and I think they cut the lead down to six, we had to find a way to make a big basket; I think Sam (Grooms) found me open and hit me. I had to shoot the ball confidently and the past couple of games I have been shooting the ball confident, so I just stepped (up) and was very confident tonight. The 3's were dropping for me tonight."
  Junior F Amath M'Baye

On his seven-point run late in the second half:
"I'm pretty sure every single basket was assisted, it came from assists, so that seven-point stretch wasn't mine, it was the team's. I thought the team did a great job. The team did a great job executing every time that coach called a play; we know it's going to work."
On getting into the offense more as the year progresses:
"I'm starting to feel great. Just the fact that I'm able to work with my teammates and my teammates are able to work with me. I take issue to make sure I know every play or philosophy to know where the ball is supposed to go. I think that I'm start to feel real comfortable in it."
  Head Coach Travis Ford

Opening comment:
"I'm going to give OU a lot of credit. I thought they played really well and made big shots. They made key shots when they needed them, and I thought that was huge. I thought we turned the ball over too much in the first half to put us where we needed to be at halftime. It was turnovers in the first half and them making big shots. I'll give them credit. We fought back, but, when we fought back they made some shots. And you just look at those percentages, and they played well. I thought they played really well as far as guys making shots and making big plays."
On his team's first-half play:
"I didn't think we reacted quickly in the first half, especially early. I thought we ran some pretty good offense in the first half, but I know we got on a fast break a few times and turned it over, but it wasn't about playing too fast. It was about not making good decisions when we were playing fast."
On his team's defensive play:
"Our defense got us back in the game. We started being aggressive on defense like we normally do. We started making defensive plays, and then we started being aggressive offensively. We started pressing a little bit, and that created some turnovers. Finally, at some point we've got to be the aggressor and play the way we normally do."
On his team's defensive tradition:
"We've got to compete and get better on our defense right now. We can't just lean on the fact that we were a good defensive team, or we're supposed to be good at defense, because that's what we were. We've got to get back to where we have that edge defensively and that be our identity."

  Junior G Markel Brown

On if OSU calmed down after a poor start:
"I don't think we ever really calmed down. We continued to let them do what they wanted to do. They got good offensive shots."
On their position in the game:
"I feel like we were in a good position at times, but OU came out and they made plays, and they played harder."
On future play:
"There's some kind of spell on us or something that we've got to get over. We've got to find a way to be a good relevance in the Big 12."
  Sophomore F Michael Cobbins

On the road atmosphere:
"We're all we've got coming into the game. It's a different atmosphere where everybody is against you instead of being at home where everybody is for you, so you have to stick together and have everyone on the same page."
On what Coach Ford said after the game:
"We didn't play hard enough. They outplayed us. They made plays and got 50-50 balls. They were in a higher gear than we were."



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