Sooners finding right mix with veterans, youth


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Updated: 1/11/2013 10:57 pm Published: 1/11/2013 10:56 pm


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Take a couple of veteran players who are used to starting, give their roles to unpolished freshmen and it might spell trouble for a basketball team's chemistry.

But Lon Kruger is making it work at Oklahoma.

In his second season in charge of the Sooners, Kruger has put three freshmen plus transfer Amath M'Baye (ah-MOTT' em-bye) in prominent roles while asking veterans Andrew Fitzgerald, Cameron Clark and Sam Grooms to come off the bench.

With a little tweaking over the past few weeks, Kruger is starting to see the results he wants with the Sooners (10-3, 1-0 Big 12). A come-from-behind win at West Virginia got Oklahoma off to the right start in conference play, and next up is the Bedlam rivalry game against Oklahoma State (11-3, 1-1) on Saturday.

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