Hoffman reviews Nebraska, previews Kansas State

OU assistant coach Bob Hoffman breaks down the win over Nebraska and takes a look ahead at Oklahoma's (18-6, 7-4) matchup with Kansas State (13-9, 3-8). Tip-off for Saturday's game in Manhattan is set for 12:30 p.m. Oklahoma leads the all-time series against the the Wildcats 98-89. Junior guard Terrell Everett (pictured above) is second in the Big 12 in assists and has scored in double figures in 19 of OU's 24 games this season.

Below is a transcript of Oklahoma assistant coach Bob Hoffman's interview with James Hale and Bob Barry Jr. Friday morning on the Sports Animal. Hoffman talks about the Sooners' win over Nebraska, the starting line-up change and Saturday's match-up with Kansas State.

On the win over Nebraska
"I thought coach did a great job of getting us turned around the last few days of practice. Wednesday, I thought our practice was unbelievable."

On having a heated practice on Wednesday before the Nebraska game

"He got their attention. You've got to do those things during the course of a season. You've got peaks and valley's, and we're hoping that we're at the peak right now. Coach has always been a great motivator, but to see him up close and personal get the look in the guys' eyes back was just a great thing. I think we've turned the corner back."

On the adjustments in the starting line-up against Nebraska
"I thought David Godbold came in and gave us great defense. He didn't hit a whole lot of shots, but he rebounds and gets after it. He's got great lateral quickness for a perimeter guy. He can really stay between people and the basket, and that's one of those things we've got to get better at. People have been shooting a great percentage on us in conference, and that's one of the things coach was emphasizing — contesting shots and staying between your man and the basket. David does a good job of that. I thought he really helped us, and I thought Lawrence McKenzie had unbelievable energy most of the game. At the start of the game in the first seven or eight minutes, he was playing maybe as good as defense as I've seen."

On the development of Kevin Bookout and Taj Gray
"Usually, junior college guys take a little longer to develop. But I think Taj has done well because because his high school and junior college coaches that demanded him to work every day. There's been games where he hasn't scored a lot of points, but he's still helping us win. I think there's going to be another big night for him coming soon, we hope it Saturday. He's just so tenacious and pursues the ball so well.

"Him and Kevin together compliment each other so well in the fact that they are genuinely interested in each other in each others' success. In this day and age in college basketball, that's hard to find. When you have guys that are as touted as highly as both those guys, and then they try to make plays and find each other, they're very much trying to make the right thing happen together."

On the match-up with Kansas State
"Jeremiah Massey is so quick. He had a great game in Stillwater. He's left-handed, he can get to the rim, he can put it on the floor. He's got great up-and-under moves, and he's explosive. He has both games. He can jump up over you or he can make you get off the ground and get to the free throw line where he can shoot 80 percent.

"Beyond that, all those guys can shoot. (Fred) Peete played at NEO. He hit seven three's in the Texas game. Cartier Martin can shoot three's. Those guys are really getting after it and they make a lot of things happen. And then they've got Lance Harris, who can really shoot three's. We're going to have to do a good job of defending the three-point line and contain Massey inside.

"Coach Woolridge has done a good job with this team. They're running a lot more set plays and not as much triangle. They're still running triangle, but they're trying to get the ball to Massey every time down the floor."

On no road game being an easy win
"Kansas State had a great run early and had some tough overtime losses. Their crowd is so good I'm sure they're going to be juiced, and they're still fighting to get into the playoffs (NIT). This is a big game for them. They've lost five in a row, so they're going to be after us like crazy."


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