OU-Kansas Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 08, 2014

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“Tough, tough ball game. Kansas is awfully good and I thought they did a good job of dictating a lot of it for the majority of the minutes. I thought our guys battled hard. We had a couple of stretches in there where we didn’t compete like we have to against a club like that to have a chance that we like to have. We have got to keep learning, we have to keep going, we have to keep working, keep attacking and stay aggressive. I know this group will do that. Credit Kansas. They’re awfully good, they did a great job. The boards, I thought were a big part of it tonight. We had a couple of shots that we didn’t get back there late. That was a key in the ball game as well. We just have to keep getting five guys in there working and we have to rebound the ball a little bit better.”

On not being able to keep Ryan Spangler on the floor due to foul trouble:
“Ryan is a key guy for us. He has done a great job all year. The thing is, when you go against that size there’s a chance for foul trouble and you try to work to help him avoid that. Not being able to get in any rhythm certainly makes a difference. I thought Kansas did a terrific job. Tyler (Neal) came in and D.J. (Bennett) played some terrific minutes as well. We don’t have a lot of depth there at the five spot but having Ryan on the floor, you certainly feel good about that.”

On the player that Cameron Clark has become:
“Cam made a lot of good plays tonight. He is a tough matchup, he’s a guy that can attack, he’s a guy that can make shots and he has done that for us all year long. We need that from him and expect him to keep doing that. He has worked awfully hard and it’s good to see him getting the results that he’s getting.”

On if it is comforting to know that they can score in bunches if they have to:
“We have been pretty consistent with scoring all year. That is comforting. It would be better if we were also getting stops on the other end, but we have been pretty consistent on the offensive end. We did a good job of passing the ball and making plays for each other. Yet, we have got to figure out something different defensively in terms of getting more stops.”

On Kansas’ 11-1 run to end the first half after Bill Self’s technical:
“Big swing right there. It was a momentum swing as much as anything. Obviously, the deficit and a chance to finish the half up and we ended up six down so that was a big swing right there. We turned it over a couple of times during that stretch and the last possession we turned it over and Kansas scored. We have to pick them up and knock those down a bit and that created a big difference right there.”

Senior Forward Cameron Clark
On having two career-high scoring games result in losses:
“It is very frustrating. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It all starts on defense. Defense wins games. We just have to come together as a group and figure out what it is we are not doing and get better at it.”

On the team’s play:
“We played in spurts. We can’t play in spurts. We have been talking about that all year. That is kind of our identity right now and we have got to change that. We were knocking down shots but we couldn’t get stops or rebounds.”

On his game plan against a bigger Kansas team:
“They are bigger, so, just try to attack. Buddy (Hield) did a great job of penetrating, and Jordan (Woodard) and Isaiah (Cousins). I knocked down the shots and got into a good rhythm.”

On getting limited touches in the final minutes:
“I really do not remember what happened. We were just penetrating and trying to get the fouls. We were just trying to score.”

On if his time has come:
“I guess. Just putting in hard work, that is all. Just trying to work hard every day and lead by example, being the first and last one in the gym. Just showing the young guys how it is. I have been there before, I have been here for four years so I am just trying to lead by example.”

Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield
On his team-high eight rebounds against a bigger Kansas squad:
“Just helping my bigs out down low. Coaches have been telling me I need to rebound and I was not doing a good job of rebounding in the first half, so I took it upon myself to help my bigs out.”

On Cameron Clark’s development:
“Cam was always a great player he just didn’t have his time. This is his time. Being a senior, he is a leader on the team, so we follow him. He is taking good shots and being aggressive and I am happy for him. He is going to keep getting better and we are going to keep finding him in good spots. We’ve just got to keep getting better as a group, as well, and follow behind Cam.”

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
On the size advantage Kansas had inside:
“We got a break. (Ryan) Spangler never got a chance to get into a rhythm because of fouls. Obviously there were a ton of fouls in the game. He really didn’t get a chance to get into a rhythm. They are hard to guard when they play (Tyler) Neal and (Cameron) Clark at the five. So we went small and tried to switch everything and it didn’t work. It probably worked better than playing a big. It wasn’t really our size; it was mainly our 6-foot-7 guys that did a good job on the glass. We took advantage of outside scoring and when they played Spangler we played Joe (Joel Embiid). They have a good team. They can score about as well as anyone we’ve played this year. Wayne (Selden) got us off to a good start. We were a team that lacked confidence a little bit coming in so it was nice to see a freshman step up and basically give us confidence early on. That is about as well as we have executed half court offense all year, in the first half.”

On if he was concerned early in the game that they were shooting such a high percentage but only led by a few points:
“Yes. I don’t know what we were shooting but when we make a basket and then we foul and they make all their free throws, obviously you don’t gain anything. In the first half they shot a lot of free throws because we fouled a lot and they are a good free throw shooting team. They went 19-for-22 from the line and they only made 10 field goals. That is still a decent number but when you shoot that well you’d like to have a big lead. The biggest reason was they made all their free throws.”

Kansas Sophomore Forward Perry Ellis
On the play of Conner Frankamp:
“That was big. He came out and stepped up and did very well. He gave us a boost going into half.”

On Oklahoma:
“They are tough to defend. They have a lot of scorers and we knew we had to really hunker down and defend and we did that very well. We came out with the win.”

On what makes Oklahoma so tough to defend:
“They play four guards so you either have to switch a lot -- and we tried to switch because they can create a lot of mismatches and that’s the key thing.”

On Cameron Clark:
“He had a great game. We just tried to focus in on key switches and switching. We tried to do the best that we could on defense, but he had a great game.”

Kansas Freshman Guard Wayne Selden Jr.
On his hot start shooting the ball:
“It was just the confidence that my teammates and my coaches have in me. Just being out there playing and not thinking.”

On if he played more aggressively tonight, as evidenced by his diving effort in the second half:
“Well that’s just Kansas basketball. That’s what I think. We are trying to start off Big 12 play on the right foot so we have to pick up our defensive intensity.”

On if Coach Self talked to him about being more aggressive offensively:
“Yes. He has really been encouraging me to shoot the ball more. He said it in shootaround, too.”

Kansas Junior Guard Naadir Tharpe
On if the play of Wayne Selden Jr. gave them a boost early in the game:
“Definitely. Just him being aggressive starting out the half gave everyone a boost. I think it started out more with his defensive intensity in the first half and picking it up. That dude still played a good game so we tried to do our best on them and in the end we came out with the win.”

On if he was focused on closing out the second half when he reentered the game late:
“That’s all I was thinking. Going to half I told Coach, ‘make sure you keep getting Conner (Frankamp) more confidence,’ and he played really well. I knew that once I got a chance to get back in I had to control the tempo and control my team and I think I did a good job of that.”

On the importance of getting a conference road win:
“It is very important. That is the best time to play is on the road. If you are able to go on the road and get a win it gives us confidence in ourselves. We know that there is less pressure on us at home because we have an advantage at Allen Field house so being able to get a win on the road, that’s what we needed. That’s what we need to get started in the Big 12 and I’m glad we did that.”

On the play of Wayne Selden Jr.:
“We attempted to take several charges tonight and we got on the floor a lot. The play where Wayne dove, Perry Ellis dove first and Wayne followed it up. We showed them (Ohio State guard) Aaron Craft’s play to our team 30 times last night and we haven’t been getting that kind of energy or effort. It’s not because we haven’t been trying but for whatever reason we have been handcuffed and haven’t been able to let it go. That was some guys letting it go. I was really happy with that.”

On Conner Frankamp:
“I told him before the game, this is a good game for you. He was ready and he was good. I hadn’t given him a chance yet and it’s not because he hadn’t played well, but San Diego State plays 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 on the wing and that’s hard for him to guard. I thought he’d have a chance tonight because they play two-guards and he delivered.”

On encouraging Wayne Selden to be more aggressive offensively:
“I don’t know if he needed it but we needed it. We need him to be more aggressive and looking to score and to be a threat. For a starting two-guard in our league that has played a lot of minutes in a lot of big games, he’s made 12 3’s for the year. That’s not enough. I told our guys, new stats, new season. Everything is fresh from this point forward. I think it kind of gave them a little bit of new life, so to speak.”

On the upcoming schedule:
“It is just going to be a monster. Our league is great. When you think about OU, they go down and win at Texas, and Texas wins at North Carolina. Kansas State is playing as well as anyone right now and Iowa State is obviously terrific and Baylor is terrific. We have probably been, non-conference wise, one of the bigger disappointments because of our preseason expectations. I think it is going to be a fabulous league race. Holding serve at home will be hard and you are going to have to steal some on the road to have a chance.”

On OU’s Cameron Clark:
“I wasn’t surprised that he played great. I’m just glad that he only played 29 minutes because if he had played 35 minutes he would have gotten 40. We couldn’t guard him. He is one of the best mid-range jump shooters that I have seen. He is good at getting to the hole but what he does is he freezes you and he hits that 15- or 17-footer about as well as anyone.”



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