OU-Tulsa Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 14, 2013

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“Obviously it was a very tough game. I thought Tulsa battled and our guys did throughout. I thought our guys opened the second half well; it was a really good key in the ball game with Ryan (Spangler) going down. I thought the other guys stepped in there and did a terrific job to open the game in the second half in the fashion that you have to play your minutes well. We left a very little margin there in the second half that we played with pretty much the rest of the way. Good win. A really good win over a tough Tulsa club.”

On Ryan Spangler’s injury:
“He got kicked right on the calf. We don’t know exactly the extent of it at this point all. It tightened up and those calf muscles can be pretty tender. He maybe could have gone, but certainly in the long run we didn’t want to risk it or do anything to aggravate it in the long term.”

On his offense and the amount of free throws shot:
“When you shoot that many free throws it makes the game kind of have a broken flow. I thought we opened it with good flow. They went zone and we didn’t really have that good of an attack there in the first half. We attacked much better in the second half. We got shots we wanted and when you make shots it looks like you’re attacking the zone better. I thought our movement in the second half was much better against the zone. We opened up a good margin there and then we get into a free throw contest late, but the guys did a nice job of creating that 15-18 margin in the second half and they played with it the rest of the way.”

On if he has ever seen someone get 24 points on only four shot attempts like Jordan Woodard did today:
“Pretty efficient there, wasn’t he? Jordan really had control a lot of the game just with his attack and getting in the paint. With the new rules it is just hard to keep the ball in front. It really is. Especially with Jordan’s combination of strength and quickness, it’s hard to stay in front of him defensively. He has a great feel of making plays once he gets his head and shoulders by you and he can draw the foul or make a play for someone else. We would like to see him continue to play well.”

On how the inside players stepped up in the absence of Spangler:
“I thought D.J. (Bennett) and Tyler (Neal) did a terrific job. They stepped in there and D.J. of course opened up the second half with a bucket right out of the locker room. That was a key to picking him up a little bit. Tyler played huge. At the five, he is certainly a mismatch with him picking and popping and knocking down a couple of 3s. He got a couple of taps as well. Tyler was really good and he hasn’t been healthy, either. He was about 75-80 percent at practice and we didn’t know what he was going to be able to do today, but he battled through it and did a great job.”

Freshman Guard Jordan Woodard
On playing against his brother and his performance tonight:
“It was really fun playing against Tulsa. They have a really good ball club. I feel like I had really good success getting to the paint and the free throw line by attacking.”

On how he handled playing against his brother (James):
“When we were out there he was talking mess. He was just mad because they lost, but we are really competitive out there. Like I said, they have a really great ball club. It was a hard-fought game and I am glad we got the win.”

On his sister’s performance singing the national anthem before the game:
“She did a great job. She had me shook before the game a little bit.”

On if he knew early on that Tulsa would not be able to keep him out of the lane:
“Yeah, pretty much. I saw that they weren’t stopping me too far into the frontcourt and I was able to get about even with the paint. There were a couple of times down low where the bigs came up to defend me so I just figured if I got in to the paint I would be able to find shooters, get it to the bigs down low or get to the free throw line.”

On if he felt extra pressure with the injury to Je’lon Hornbeak:
“Not really. I know we have other people who are capable of playing the point guard spot besides me. I just wanted to stay aggressive and not take any plays off because I was comfortable with my backup point guard play. I just really wanted to stay conscious of fouls. I picked one up early today so I wanted to stay conscious of that so I would be available when Coach needed me.”

Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield
On the importance of starting strong in the second half with the absence of Ryan Spangler:
“It was very important. Coach said, ‘You have to step up’ and my teammates just found me in the right spots. We hit the offensive glass and we got back defensively. We found a couple lanes and they found me in the corner for a couple of shots. Jordan found me on a couple of shots and my teammates made plays and we stayed aggressive.”

On if he knows before the game he is going to have a good scoring performance:
“You never know if it’s going to be your night. You just have to stay aggressive. If everyone is aggressive every time -- one night it’s Cam (Clark) this night it’s Jordan (Woodard) and me -- you never know. You just have to be aggressive and keep making plays for each other. Whoever gets hot, just keep finding open spots and they can be very successful.”

Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning
Opening comment:
“Oklahoma and Coach Kruger did a very good job. They are a very good team. The first half I thought we did some good things; it was a close ball game at halftime. In the second half they came out and made some shots, got some rebounds and created some distance in between us and we could not close the gap. Hats off to them. They went out and made the plays they needed to make to win.”

On the amount of free throws in the game:
“I don’t know if I have ever been a part of a game where somebody shot 22, NBA included.”

On Oklahoma’s offensive push in the second half:
“They made shots. A couple of them were open, but a lot of them were contested shots that they jumped up and they knocked down. We went into our zone. You play zone because you don’t want to give up those open jump shots, but we gave them up. They were contested but they knocked them down. That is what good players and good shooters do. They execute and they did that for a stretch against our zone.”

On the Woodard brothers playing against each other:
“It’s a cool game for the Woodard family. You’ve got your two sons out there battling, and you’ve got another family member singing the national anthem. That’s a cool experience and that is something that the family will be able to share for a long time.”

On playing against Jordan Woodard:
“I thought he played a great game and I thought he played a great 40. He distributed the ball, he got to all the spots on the floor on offense and he is a good commander of the team as a freshman. That is very impressive.”

On if there are any positives to take away from the game:
“We lost. I’ll go back and watch the tape. I’m sure there may be a few things we did well, but it wasn’t good enough to win the game and that’s the only thing that matters. We have got to continue to battle and grind and get better. All of our goals are still in place for what we want to accomplish this year. In order for us to get to the NCAA Tournament we have got to be the best team in our conference. We have got to win our conference tournament. We still have to get better. At the end of the day, we have to have a great four-day weekend to get the bid.”

Tulsa Sophomore Guard James Woodard
On playing against his brother:
“It was a great experience. Not too many people get to do that, play against their brother, but I was just treating it like another game and trying to get a win because I feel like we are a very good team. Coach Kruger and what he is doing with OU, he is doing a great job and they are a very efficient team.

“We talked a little bit. He was getting all of the free throws and he did a good job, but, we were just treating them like another team. But it was a good chance seeing him out there.”



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