And yet the Sooners get most of their offense off their full-court, overplaying, ball-denial press. "Last season our philosophy was, Give them two points, we'll come down and shoot for three," says Grace. "This year we want to stop you, strip you and get layups. It's no m�s, no m�s."
The man who gets m�s for the Sooners is the slivery 6'8" Grant, who is a quick-triggered, look-alike, play-alike, not of his twin brother, the Chicago Bulls' Horace, but of that brilliant-shooting basket-hanger, Bob McAdoo. Says King, who combined with Grant for 47 points against Oklahoma State, "Me and Harvey can score inside on anybody, man-for-man." O.K., but what about when the Sooners face the Big Eight heavies: Kansas, Missouri and Iowa State?
"Bring 'em on," says King. "The folks in the crowd were dead today because we've spoiled 'em. A hundred isn't any big thing now. Our goal is to beat people bad and make a point. Nobody felt sorry for us when we lost our seniors. They ranked us third in the conference and about 30th in the country. Our train is still movin', and we're takin' tickets."
And punchin' them suckers out.