Oklahoma basketball notebook: Buddy Hield played aggressive basketball

Less than a month after suffering a broken foot, the freshman plays a solid game against TCU
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2013
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Buddy Hield could have shied away from the TCU players.

The last time he was on the court with the Horned Frogs, he broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot when he awkwardly stepped on a TCU defender's foot.


Less than a month later, Hield made his second appearance since surgery, in Oklahoma's final game of the regular season that ended in a 70-67 loss to TCU.

The freshman, who averages 25.6 minutes per game, played 25 aggressive minutes of ball, running from defender to defender in hopes of a steal. He snagged three and added eight offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound. He finished with 10 points, two assists and one turnover.

The freshman still made some rookie decisions. With under a minute to go and Oklahoma down by five at 66-61, Hield chose a layup that looked straight out of a Hollywood movie. In Hollywood, they would have made the shot. In real life, the shot selection was not the best and the difficulty was high.

Hield missed the layup. The freshman did follow up less than 30 seconds later by tipping in a bucket to help bring the Sooners to within three at 66-63 with 27.4 seconds remaining.

The Sooners couldn't make-up any more points though and lost by three.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF MAKES

Oklahoma got out to a terrible start in Fort Worth. The Sooners, typically a team that shoots 44.1 percent from the floor, shot 33.3 percent in the first half. The Horned Frogs, a team that usually shoots 39.9 percent from the floor, shot 61.3 percent.

TCU was also shooting 71.4 percent from beyond the arc and making smart shot selections.

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