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Oklahoma basketball: Fans can send off the Sooners on Wednesday

OU men leave for Philadelphia at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Fans may gather at Lloyd Noble Center to say goodbye.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 19, 2013

/articleid/3767510/1/pictures/1985627">Photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / COLLEGE BASKETBALL / REACTION: The OU Sooners men's basketball team, including Sam Grooms, front left, Andrew Fitzgerald, middle, and Steven Pledger, right, reacts to being chosen for the NCAA basketball tournament during a selection show watch party at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, March 17, 2013. Oklahoma was selected as the 10th seed in the South Region. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / COLLEGE BASKETBALL / REACTION: The OU Sooners men's basketball team, including Sam Grooms, front left, Andrew Fitzgerald, middle, and Steven Pledger, right, reacts to being chosen for the NCAA basketball tournament during a selection show watch party at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, March 17, 2013. Oklahoma was selected as the 10th seed in the South Region. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“We rode him the whole game,” Grooms said. “After a while he got kind of tired. We should have been players and made plays and do what they needed to do, but we kept trying to wait for him instead of giving him that out like, ‘Okay, Roe, we got you. We got this shot. Roe, we got you. We'll get this rebound.' We can't require him to do everything.”

ARENT NOT CLEARED

Senior Casey Arent sprained a medial collateral ligament in his knee just a few days after freshman guard Buddy Hield went down with a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot in February.

Hield is back. Arent is not.

However, the senior has been working out on the elliptical trainer during Oklahoma's practices. While Hield's injury required surgery, Arent's just required rest. He has worn a brace on it for the last few weeks and hasn't dressed recently.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said it is highly unlikely Arent will be ready for at least the Sooners' first game in the NCAA Tournament.

QUOTABLE

Grooms on his excitement Osby being named to the All-Big 12 First Team: “He came in here all summer. He stayed here. He didn't go home. He worked out. Did everything he could to get in the best shape that he could. He shot shots every day. He worked with Coach (Steve) Henson every day. That stuff right there, when it comes time and you see it pay off for him, you're ecstatic. I can't really explain the feeling.”


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