Although it has been lost in the shuffle in the hype surrounding the Kansas Jayhawks (Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid) and the Oklahoma State Cowboys (Marcus Smart), the Oklahoma Sooners have had an incredible bounce-back season in 2013-2014, and their head coach Lon Kruger has been rewarded with some high level recognition.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 10, 2014
The Sooners finished the season with a sparkling 23-8 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the ultra-competitive Big 12, and unlike the other top finishers in the league, Oklahoma did it without the benefit of top-tier NBA talent. That brings the focus to Kruger, who has been a top-notch tactician for many years, dating back to both top college spots and a stint in the NBA.
Under Kruger’s leadership, the Sooners finished in the top-100 nationally in both offense and defense, and in terms of scoring the ball efficiently, Oklahoma stands 11th on the offensive end, leading many to credit Kruger for his x-and-o prowess. It remains to be seen whether Oklahoma can make a deep run in the upcoming Big 12 or NCAA Tournaments, but even if they don’t, it’s been an impressive year for Lon Kruger and company.