*In three seconds on Thursday, Big 12 country saw the bad and good of Oklahoma freshman Buddy Hield.
With 12:34 remaining in the first half, Hield lost the ball to Iowa State's Korie Lucious. Hield recovered from his blunder by tearing after Lucious. As the Iowa State guard attempted a layup off the right side of the glass, Hield jumped and flamboyantly blocked the shot with 12:31 remaining.
*During the game telecast, ESPN showed a clip from Wednesday as the Sooners watched a video of Kruger in his days as a Kansas State guard.
As the young Kruger drove and put up a shot over a defender, the players began to get rowdy.
With a smile, Kruger said, “You wouldn't want any part of it, Buddy.”
FREE THROW FANTASIES
That's what Oklahoma went from the free throw line the last time it played the Cyclones, in Norman on March 2.
In the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday, the Sooners went 15-of-18.
Two of the missed free throws came at critical times.
Sam Grooms missed one at 3:01 and another with 2:29 remaining in the second half.
Had the first miss been a make, the Sooners would have regained the lead, 64-63. Instead, the miss left the score tied.
Had the second miss been a make, Grooms would have a chance to cut Iowa State's lead to one, 66-65. Instead the Cyclones sat up by two, 66-64.
Grooms went 4-of-4 in the last game against Iowa State and went 4-of-6 Thursday.
Iowa State guard Will Clyburn on the team's ability to shoot: “Forget about making or missing. If you miss a shot, gotta shoot the next one. That's what we have on this team. Shooters with confidence.”
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM