Oklahoma basketball: Travel delays, dental woes and more

After a lengthy road trip to West Virginia, and two root canals for Buddy Hield, the Sooners face Baylor on Saturday.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 7, 2014

“Fortunately we've played them once already and I think that helps,” Kruger said. “If it'd been a first-time prep, players aren't as familiar (but) second time around, it's a bonus. Not that we wouldn't have liked to have that day, but we're not going to worry about it.”

The entire traveling party had it bad, but perhaps no one had it as rough as Hield.

During Wednesday's game, Hield took a shot from West Virginia guard Juwan Staten that knocked one of his front teeth loose.

Hield, who wears braces, had an even longer day than most of his teammates when the team finally returned.

Hield went straight from the airport to a dentist, where he underwent two root canals.

The sophomore guard wasn't happy about the dental work.

“We all learned from it,” Hield said. “That's life sometimes. Sometimes you face adversity.”

Still, Baylor's zone defense isn't exactly easy to prepare for, and the Sooners could've used the extra day of practice.

“They're pretty long and athletic,” Hield said. “We've got to do a good job boxing them out and just doing what we do best — running out and trying to make them play our game.”

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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