April 1, 2016

Tubbs, Sampson See A Lot Similarities In Sooners And Teams They Led to Final Four

Saturday evening, the Lon Kruger-coached Sooners meet Villanova inside Houston’s NRG Stadium. And when they do, both Billy Tubbs and Kelvin Sampson — the last two coaches to skipper the Sooner men to the Final Four — will again see plenty they recognize from their best days on the Sooner bench.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, the similarities each man sees are not necessarily the same.

“There are a lot of similarities … What I like about their team and how it relates to the team we had is that everyone fits,” said Sampson, who took the 2002 Sooners to Atlanta. “Our best player was Hollis (Price). Their best player is Buddy (Hield). Everybody is good with it. That’s a big deal.”

Tubbs sees Kruger’s Sooners’ willingness and want to get up and down the court, even if it was nothing like his team managed to get up and down the court, averaging more than 100 points per game on the way to the 1988 national championship game in Kansas City, Missouri.

“This team can score, and they are an uptempo team for this time … They play an exciting brand of basketball and they have a star,” Tubbs said. “It was always my contention that you needed some stars on your team that made the fans want to come out and watch them play.” (More at Norman Transcript)

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