NORMAN — “We had a lot of possessions where the first 30 seconds on the shot clock was really good defense. In that last five seconds, we’d give up that offensive rebound or break down and someone got a wide-open layup because we didn’t talk or don’t help,” OU forward Romero Osby said. “Those are the kinds of things that frustrate as a player or a coach. You work so hard for 30 seconds to play really good defense and you have a breakdown in the last five seconds. I think that was the whole tale of the game.”
The sting from the loss will stick around for a while. The Sooners don’t play again until they face Texas A&M on Dec. 15 in All-College Classic at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
A lot of time will be spent on the defensive end. It was the difference between winning a big game and losing one Tuesday.
“We need to be more aggressive, more committed, more physical,” Kruger said. “We have a few days to work on all that.”