OU Men's Basketball News

Hornbeak's OU hoops career comes to an early end

(by RJ Young) After two years in Norman, Je'lon Hornbeak has had enough. Oklahoma announced the sophomore guard's decision to transfer Tuesday evening. Hornbeak's mother, Sheila Hornbeak, supports his decision to transfer. "He told me personally he wasn't happy," she...Read more

Hornbeak to transfer from OU

(by Bob Przybylo) Sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak will transfer from Oklahoma, coach Lon Kruger announced Tuesday afternoon. Hornbeak, from Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep, averaged 5.4 points and 2.1 assists during his two seasons with the Sooners. "It is always disappointing...Read more

Men's Hoops: National Media Like Sooners for 2014-15

NORMAN -- It wasn't long after Connecticut topped Kentucky in Monday's national title game before national media outlets began releasing the first versions of their 2014-15 preseason rankings. To nobody's surprise, Lon Kruger's Sooners are well represented...Read more

Sampson is good hire for Houston

(by Bruce Campbell) ENID, Okla. -- Congrats to former Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson for his return to the college game after being hired by the University of Houston Thursday. Stories about the hiring talked about Sampson’s "checkered past." He had been on a five-year...Read more

MBB: Next step is up to Hield

(by Bob Przybylo) OU sophomore guard Buddy Hield made a big jump this season but still has more work to do in order to be a complete player. It started to sound like a broken record during Oklahoma’s basketball season. As sophomore guard Buddy Hield went so did the team...Read more

MBB: Physicality a must for OU next season

(by Bob Przybylo) Oklahoma made a lot of improvements in year No. 3 under Lon Kruger, but the Sooners still haven't quite gotten over that tournament hump. In three years at OU, Kruger is 0-5 in either the Big 12 or NCAA tournament. The first year doesn't seem fair to count...Read more

Kruger ready for year No. 4

(by Bob Przybylo) That’s just the way it goes in a tournament setting. Only one team is going to end the season on a high note. For Oklahoma basketball, it will have to wait at least another year as the Sooners were upset in the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament by North...Read more

Kruger's squad needs to be more phsyical

(by RJ Young) Just five days before the Final Four play in Arlington (Texas), Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger met with local media to discuss the Sooners' season, a season that ended two weeks ago. For the second year in a row, OU was selected to participate in the NCAA men's...Read more w/video

Cameron Clark Chosen For College All-Star Game

NORMAN -- Oklahoma senior forward Cameron Clark is one of 21 players chosen to participate in the 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, which will be played as part of Final Four Friday this weekend. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by the...Read more

Kruger Recaps Year, Looks Ahead to Next

NORMAN -- Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger held a season-ending media session Monday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center, reflecting on OU's 23-10 campaign and discussing elements of the offseason and next year. The Sooners surpassed just about everyone's...Read more

March Sadness: North Dakota State Sends Sooners Packing

(by Luke McConnell) SPOKANE, Washington -- The free throw is arguably the easiest shot in all of basketball. You don't have to worry about defenders and you get to take your time to make a 15-foot shot. In order to play deep into March, you have to make your free throws...Read more w/video

Oklahoma Basketball: Sooners fall to Bison, 80-75

(by Chandler Vessels) Cameron Clark was resilient. Oklahoma had fallen behind against North Dakota State, but, with Clark's help, had come back. The senior forward hit shot after shot to inch the Sooners closer to victory. Eventually, they snatched it. Clark's offensive display...Read more

MBB: Bison bounce Sooners

(by Joey Helmer) The Sooners had their first NCAA Tournament win in five years within their grasp, but couldn’t close it out down the stretch and fell 80-75 in overtime to the North Dakota State Bison. Trailing for most of the way, OU finally took the lead with 1:30...Read more

Men's Hoops: Sooners ousted in NCAA Tournament

(by Bob Przybylo) SPOKANE, Wash. -- In a game where both teams’ top leading scorer had off nights, the stage was set for an unlikely hero. Unfortunately for Oklahoma, he wasn't wearing crimson and cream. North Dakota State freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points off the...Read more

No. 12 North Dakota State shocks No. 5 Oklahoma in OT

(by AP) SPOKANE, Wash. -- Saul Phillips ran over to the fans in green and yellow, threw his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs. No one could hear the excitable North Dakota State coach. There was too much noise from the Bison celebrating...Read more w/video, stats

2014 NCAA Tournament | OU vs. North Dakota St. | Game Thread

(by Jordan Esco) Lon Kruger has the Sooners in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament, but OU is still looking for their first postseason win under the veteran head coach. If everything goes as planned, that will no longer be the case say around 8:30 p.m. (CT). Hang out and...Read more

Setting the stage: No. 5 OU vs. No. 12 NDSU

(by Bob Przybylo) For the first time since December, the Sooners are getting ready to play somebody not in the Big 12 conference. It has been 19 consecutive battles against conference foes where OU was able to survive going 12-7 and earning second place during the regular...Read more

CBS Sports: North Dakota State Bison vs. Oklahoma Sooners Preview

(by AP) SPOKANE, Wash. -- Contending for a Big 12 regular season title and earning a respectable seed in the NCAA tournament was all supposed to come a year from now for Oklahoma, when it wouldn't rely so heavily on inexperienced players. Leave it to Lon Kruger to...Read more

Defense, Not Offense, Will Be The Key To OU Advancing In Their NCAA Tournament Opener

(by Jordan Esco) Putting aside that for whatever reason North Dakota State has become the media darling and incredibly popular upset pick as most of America has spent the last several days filling out their NCAA Tournament brackets. Oklahoma is the higher seed and a favorite...Read more

Getting it done ... again: Lon Kruger quietly leads Oklahoma back to prominence

(by Cliff Brunt/AP) NORMAN -- The emcee at Oklahoma's year-end banquet, Toby Rowland, paused to recall a recent conversation with head coach Lon Kruger. The "Voice of the Sooners" asked Kruger when he'd last been assessed a technical foul. Kruger paused, then said it was back...Read more

Oklahoma faces tough match-up in NDSU

(by RJ Young) Fifth-seeded Oklahoma will face a tough foe in the West Region to begin the NCAA tournament in No. 12 seed North Dakota State. On Thursday night, the Sooners battle a team that's nearly as efficient at scoring as they are. Statistically, NDSU is one...Read more w/video

March Madness live stream info: Oklahoma vs. North Dakota State

(by Shawn S. Lealos) The Oklahoma Sooners had hit rock bottom in college basketball when Lon Kruger was hired to turn things around. He has brought the Sooners back up and they are entering their second straight March Madness college basketball tournament. According to...Read more

Sooners Face NDSU in NCAA Tournament

Making its 28th NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight under third-year head coach Lon Kruger, No. 21/20 Oklahoma (23-9 overall, 12-6 Big 12) enters Thursday’s second-round game against North Dakota State (25-6 overall, 12-2 Summit League) as the West Region...Read more

MBB: Getting to know North Dakota State

(by Bob Przybylo) The first reaction is excitement when seeing Oklahoma earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The next reaction is who is North Dakota State? No disrespect to the Bison but not too much is known nationally about the No. 12 seed in the West region...Read more

Men's Hoops Flashback: 1988 OU vs. Auburn

In 1983, Billy Tubbs's third Oklahoma men's basketball team made just the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The seventh-seeded Sooners lost to No. 2 seed Indiana in the second round, but the wheels to an illustrious run in OU hoops history had been...Read more w/video

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