Benford, Evans Proud To Call Kruger Family Friends

North Texas (1-0) at Oklahoma (1-0)
Nov. 11 2013 – 7 p.m.
Norman, Okla. – Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
TV: Sooner Sports Network (Fox Sports Oklahoma)
Radio: MGRN (88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM)
Series: OU leads 3-1

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Nov. 14 - 7 p.m.
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NORMAN, Okla. – North Texas head coach Tony Benford and associate head coach Rob Evans go way back with Oklahoma skipper Lon Kruger.

In fact, when it came time for Kruger’s son, Kevin, to play college ball, he didn’t hesitate to send Kevin to Arizona State, where Evans was the Sun Devil head coach and Benford the associate.

Kevin, now a graduate assistant with Oklahoma, will join Lon on the bench this year after a successful overseas hoops career, which means Kevin will be learning from one of the best in the business in his father.

Kruger is entering his 28th year as a head coach, and has the distinction of being the only coach in college basketball history to take five different programs to the NCAA Tournament. His 515 wins and 18 NCAA Tournament trips in the last 23 years also put him in some lofty company.

The Sooners opened the year with a gritty 82-73 win over Alabama in the American Airlines Center on Friday. The Crimson Tide led by 16 points just eight minutes into the game, but OU would whittle that away within 12 minutes. Buddy Heild led the way for OU with 19 points, while Ryan Spangler posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.

North Texas picked up a 72-67 win over a feisty Northwood squad in their season opener. Alzee Williams led all scorers with 22 points, including an and-1 play with six seconds remaining that put the game on ice.



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