Lon Kruger has Oklahoma winning again.
The only coach to take five different schools to the NCAA tournament has done it the same way each time - by using his calm demeanor, superior basketball knowledge and knack for cultivating relationships to get the most out of his teams. He has done it again at Oklahoma, leading a team with just one senior starter and no first-team All-Big 12 players to a second-place finish. For that, Kruger was named the league's Coach of the Year.
Oklahoma (23-9), the No. 5 seed in the West Region, opens the tournament against No. 12 seed North Dakota State (25-6) on Thursday in Spokane, Wash.
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