OU-Idaho Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 13, 2013

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“A good game to win. I think Idaho is a ball club that does a really good job of executing stuff and controlling the pace and I thought our guys, after the first few minutes, got into them a little bit and started to dictate defensively. Just a whole different effort tonight defensively, much better than we had in the last couple ball games. I thought we took a step up in that area. A lot of guys played well, so good to see that. A lot of guys playing with confidence and making plays for each other. Again, I thought the key tonight was that our activity on the defensive end was more like we need to have.”

On the team’s bench scoring and particularly Tyler Neal:
“Tyler continues to do a good job. He has a lot of confidence, he’s rebounding the ball, he’s making plays, he’s making shots. Je’lon (Hornbeak) is doing a terrific job, making a lot of plays for others. We have a pretty deep group. We are probably going to play nine or 10 people and we hope they keep getting results and keep earning those minutes and that would be fantastic.”

On getting scoring from different players from game to game:
“This club has kind of shown, even from Europe and in games through the first three here, it’s different guys on different nights who have stepped up and scored and we need that. It’s good to have that balance.”

On how much playing three games in five nights helps his team improve defensively:
“Well tonight was a much better starting point than Monday night, so I feel much better about our starting point given tonight. Monday we just didn’t slide our feet and didn’t cover really well and tonight I thought the guys really got themselves ready to play. You could hear the conversation in the locker room about being in stance and being ready to slide and taking away certain plays and I thought our guys did a really good job of that. We really need that leadership from within. It has to come from those guys and I thought different guys stepped up and made it a point tonight. I know Je’lon is a guy that has a really good feel for the game and is stepping up and reminding guys of the keys and objectives and priorities. I thought that carried over to the start of the game.”

On Ryan Spangler:
“I thought Ryan had his best effort defensively by far; just awareness and you want to shore up everything inside and he kind of helped on the penetration here, blocked a shot here, talked a lot. I thought it was clearly his best effort defensively. It’s going to be rare that he has only four rebounds in a ball game but other guys stepped up there and did a pretty good job on the boards. I thought Ryan did a real good job defensively.”

On the team’s eight blocked shots:
“A little more aggressiveness. I think that’s the key. We slid our feet much better on the ball. We went to the ball a little better. When the ball gets in the paint we had Ryan (Spangler), D.J. (Bennett) and Cam (Clark) attacking it and not standing and waiting as much worrying about fouls. Everyone is still learning. Officials are still learning, players are still learning. We are all still learning how games are going to be called and this one was probably called a bit tighter with hands than the other two had been, so we have to adjust each night out.”

On his team’s rebounding:
“It’s OK. It’s an area we are going to have to keep focusing on. It’s not an area we can relax on for sure. We’re going to have to get the guards down there and be a little more aggressive on the defensive boards. We’ve got to keep working on it.”

Sophomore Guard Je’lon Hornbeak
On getting time at point guard:
“My job is basically to come in and play wherever coach needs me to help out, whether that is at wing or point. Jordan (Woodard) got in some early foul trouble, so playing point and running the team was put in my hands and I did it to the best of my abilities.”

On the team’s defensive mindset tonight:
“Yesterday’s practice was mainly about defense. We watched a lot of film defensively and it’s always good to kind of see your mistakes on film, and it is a lot better for a team as a whole to kind of see it all together. Then we kind of lift each other up, and in today’s game we really held each other accountable and it showed.”

Senior Forward Cameron Clark
On the team’s defensive mindset tonight:
“We just came out there with a lot of intensity. We talked in the locker room; Coach (Kruger) has been pressing us on defense that we need to get stops, and we were saying that the whole game. We came out with a lot of energy and closed out short on the shooters and things like that.”

On getting into a flow offensively:
“I just came out aggressive. That is what we’re going to need from our team, everybody attacking. That is what I did today. I came out and hit a couple of shots and then I got going.”



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