Lon Kruger and Bedlam

Sooners coach helped OU to first season sweep since 2009 last season

Ever since his arrival in Norman, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger has had decent success against Oklahoma State. The Sooners swept the Cowboys last year after splitting the season series in Kruger’s first two years.

Here’s a quick Bedlam recap under Kruger:

January 9, 2012 – Oklahoma State 72, Oklahoma 65

Kruger’s first Bedlam: The Sooners didn’t start conference play well as Oklahoma State led almost wire-to-wire to give the Sooners their third Big 12 loss in as many games in the first season under Kruger. Freshman LeBryan Nash filled up the state sheet, scoring a game-high 21 points.

February 22, 2012 – Oklahoma 77, Oklahoma State 64

Sooners get revenge back home: A lone bright spot at the end of a year that saw just two wins in the final 10 regular-season games. Oklahoma extended its home winning streak against the Cowboys to eight games after holding Oklahoma State to a program-low 12 points in the first half against a Big 12 opponent. The win also snapped a six-game losing streak.

January 12, 2013 – Oklahoma 77, Oklahoma State 68

Buddy’s first taste: Hield scored 15 points in his first Bedlam game as Oklahoma won its second of three straight games to open the Big 12 Conference season. The Sooners almost gave away a 14-point lead but kept the Cowboys from winning at Lloyd-Noble Center for the first time since 2004. On this night, Hield outperformed fellow freshman Marcus Smart, who was in foul trouble.

Feburary 16, 2013 – No. 17 Oklahoma State 84, Oklahoma 79, OT

Cowboys roar back in Stillwater:After losing its first three games in Big 12 play, Oklahoma State picked up its seventh straight win in overtime against Oklahoma. Two late defensive stands by the Cowboys, who beat Oklahoma for the fourth straight time at home, kept Oklahoma off the board for the final minute as the Oklahoma State fans stormed the court after knocking off unranked Oklahoma. The Sooners overcame an 11-point deficit in the first half to lead by 11 just after halftime, only to lose despite shooting 60 percent in the second half. Hield, Oklahoma’s leading scorer at the time, sat out the game with a foot injury.

January 27, 2014 – No. 23 Oklahoma 88, No. 8 Oklahoma State 76

Ranked again: In the first Bedlam game between two ranked teams since 2005, three native sons stole the show. Oklahoma transfer forward Ryan Spangler, playing in his first Bedlam game, scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds – still a career-high. Freshman Jordan Woodard finished with 18 points, including 17 in the second half and a game-sealing 3-pointer. Oklahoma City-native Tyler Neal came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points. Woodard and Neal had been averaging less than 17 points per game combined. The win was Oklahoma’s third against a ranked opponent that year already.

February 15, 2014 – Oklahoma 77, Oklahoma State 74

Sooners take Stillwater: A late spurt and some big 3s by Hield helped Oklahoma win on the road in Bedlam for the first time since 2009. Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced the second Bedlam overtime in as many years. Oklahoma had lost three of its past four games and was coming off its worst offensive performance of the season. Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart missed the game because of his three-game suspension for shoving a fan. Woodard and Je’lon Hornbeak combined to make six-straight free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Hield had a game-high 22 points.

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