After playing its last six games over a 13-day stretch, the Oklahoma Sooners are in the middle of a ten day break. The Sooners return to action Dec. 15 vs. Texas A&M in Oklahoma City as part of the All-College Classic.
In addition to having time to prepare for final exams, the break will give OU an opportunity to step back, take a look at the first part of the season and to make adjustments.
"Obviously, it's good from an academic standpoint because you have finals and guys can really concentrate and focus on that," said head coach Lon Kruger. "It's also good from the standpoint of being able to improve some things individually. We'll break practices out a little different. During a stretch of 11 or 12 days where you don't have a game, you can do things differently than if you're playing games every third or fourth day."
The Sooners will return to action this weekend sporting an 8-2 mark and coming off an 81-78 loss to Arkansas. Oklahoma's .554 field goal percentage at Arkansas was its best in 27 games. It came in a losing effort, however, because OU allowed the Razorbacks to shoot .526 (best percentage by an opponent in 16 games).
"Obviously, we would like to play 40 minutes consistently better as it relates to moving the ball, rebounding, getting stops and taking care of the ball,” said Kruger. “I think this is a group that will keep making progress. I don't know that we're playing at a top level individually or as a group. We'll keep working at it."
Following this Saturday night’s matchup against A&M in Oklahoma City, the Sooners return to the Lloyd Noble Center on December 18th to host Stephen F. Austin, will host Ohio on Dec. 29th and then will return to the McCasland Field House on December 31st for a game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Tickets for the Field House Series are on sale now. Contact the OU ticket office for more information.