Coming off a very disappointing 84-79 overtime loss to Oklahoma State, the Oklahoma Sooners will try to get back on the winning track when they visit Lubbock Wednesday night to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
OU's Casey Arent
"The guys have done a good job all year of focusing on the next ball game,” said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. “That's something they have to do. It was a tough loss. When you lead a ball game most of the way and you have it in good shape to finish, even though it would be tough, it hurts a little bit more. But, that's a part of the game. There are going to some of those during the year and the key is to bounce back from those and play the next game better than you did the previous one."
The Sooners whipped Tech 81-63 back on January 16th and the Red Raiders haven’t fared much better since, losing seven of eight games. Coach Kruger, however, expects the Raiders to be ready to play.
"They've got three big guys that really do a good job,” said Kruger. “They're always a tough matchup. Gray is a very good point guard and can push the ball up court. Williams is playing with more confidence, it appears. And the other guys shoot the ball really well. There are a lot of concerns."
For the most part, the Sooners have played well after losses this season, losing two in a row just once this year. The Sooners have also played well on the road.
"We've been consistent with our focus and competitiveness,” said Kruger. “We have to keep doing that and improving on it. This group, pretty much for each game has done a pretty good group of staying focused and preparing and competing."
The Sooners are, however, discovering some challenges. Several injuries have the left the Sooners shorthanded, not only on game day but during practice.
"We have some guys down,” said Kruger. “Casey Arent is probably going to be sidelined the rest of the season. He has a strained knee. And James (Fraschilla) has a bad back but has tried to go but can't. He'll be shut down for a while. Buddy (Hield) is making progress (foot surgery) but will be a while longer, as expected. So, we're down in numbers a little bit but the guys are still working at it."
The Sooners and Red Raiders tip off at 6:00 p.m. in Lubbock.