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OU basketball: Sooner men's, women's teams to return to workouts on July 20

Coach Lon Kruger and the Sooners men's basketball team finished last season 19-12 and 9-9 in Big 12 play. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Coach Lon Kruger and the Sooners men's basketball team finished last season 19-12 and 9-9 in Big 12 play. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

OU men's and women's basketball teams will begin voluntary workouts beginning on July 20, the teams announced on Friday in a release.

The Sooners' basketball COVID-19 safety protocols look similar to the ones for the football team, which started voluntary workouts on July 1. OU football recorded 14 positive tests for players upon their return to campus, all of which have since recovered.

The protocols for the basketball team that are following the lead of football's protocols include: mandatory mask-wearing, masks being provided to players, quarantining on campus if a player tests positive and increased sanitization of equipment.

The release said the athletics department will also work in conjunction with OU's Goddard Health Center and the Oklahoma State Department of Health to contact trace and assess what players are at risk.

Both Sooners' teams had their seasons canceled just hours before the Big 12 Tournament was scheduled to tip off on March 12. The men's team finished the season 19-12 and 9-9 in conference. The women's team finished the season on an eight-game losing streak and ended with a 12-18 record.

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<strong>Oklahoma basketball mascot Top Daug takes the court before an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Oklahoma basketball mascot Top Daug takes the court before an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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