Lon Kruger has done a lot to improve his depth at Oklahoma and he is enjoying his options right now as Oklahoma's men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season. The usual cast of characters is still there, with Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Woodard, and Ryan Spangler leading the charge, but it's the new cast of players coming off the bench that is adding to the excitement of the 2015-16 season.
On Friday night it was Rashard Odomes making his mark on the game, as the Sooners trounced McNeese State, and on Tuesday it would be junior Akolda Manyang. The cousin of former Sooner hoops star Longar Longar, Manyang shot 3-of-4 from the floor in the first half, and added three more points on free throws, to score nine total points and grab two boards. The Sooners took a 54-23 lead into the locker room with Manyang grabbing his second board as the clock expired.
Oklahoma boosted their lead over the Cardinals to more than forty points in the second half, as the final minutes gave way to the Sooner bench as OU coasted to a 96-63 victory. Buddy Hield went to the bench with a game high 22 points and 8 boards. Jordan Woodard was in double figures with 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Ryan Spangler recorded his 19th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sooners shot 59.3% from the floor and made 20-27 free throws. Possibly even more impressive were the 8 blocked shots, where three of them came from Manyang.
Up next for the Sooners is a Big 10 matchup against Wisconsin on Sunday.