Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lon Kruger Plans to Give Bench More Playing Time

Coach Lon Kruger plans to adjust his bench rotation, however, to give more minutes to his reserves and get his starters rest earlier in the game.

Oklahoma has the potential to play three times in three days if the team advances to the Big 12 tournament title game on Saturday, and Kruger hopes to build a deeper rotation in the postseason from the start.

"We’re planning on those guys to step up," junior guard Jordan Woodard said Monday afternoon. "[Kruger] plans on getting guys in early, because we have a long way to go. But you can’t reserve anything, because it’s win or go home in this situation and the stakes are too high."

Senior guard Dinjiyl Walker and redshirt freshman forward Dante Buford lead the bench in averaging 13.2 and 12.4 minutes per game respectively. Those minutes, along with other reserves, figure to increase as fatigue becomes a bigger concern for Kruger's group. (Dallas Morning News)

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