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February 22, 2013

BIG 12 MEN'S BB: Sooners lean on upperclassmen during crucial stretch

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NORMAN — Grooms, who Kruger said will get the start against Baylor on Saturday, has experienced those tough nights before. Wednesday night marked his 56th career game at OU after coming to the Sooners in 2011 as a junior college transfer.

He was benched earlier in the conference season because his play wasn’t up to par. With the exception of Osby, all five of those upperclassmen have seen critical plays in critical games occur while on the bench. Kruger has always been willing to ride the hot hand at any time.

Wednesday it was three seniors and two juniors. Don’t be surprised if it stays that way for the near future. Each of OU’s five remaining regular-season games will greatly impact its chances of making the NCAA Tournament — positively or negatively.

“There’s a lot work left to do,” Kruger said. “I think the most important thing is they understand there’s still a long way to go and lot of work left to do.”

 

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