NORMAN — Statistically, nobody in Oklahoma's 75-48 victory Monday against TCU had a huge game.
The biggest name of the game was the one lost.
Buddy Hield, the energetic freshman guard, was likely lost for the rest of the regular season with a fracture in his foot.
The injury is to Hield's fifth metatarsal, also known as the outside bone in his right foot. He is expected to be out four to six weeks. An OU release said Hield is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday.
“It's not good,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “We'll discuss the options tomorrow or later tonight. It'll be a while before Buddy gets back.”
On a night when the Sooners (16-7 overall, 7-4 Big 12) took care of business like an NCAA Tournament team, holding the Horned Frogs (10-14, 1-10) to just 11 first half points and outscoring them in every category but 3-pointers made, the biggest moment of the game came with 7:34 remaining. That's when Hield limped to the bench.
The Sooner guard had just made two free throws. He finished with eight points, two assists and two steals.
Neither Kruger nor any of OU's players knew exactly what happened. Hield did break to the right side of the hoop and was guarding his defender off the inbounds pass. OU broadcaster Toby Rowland said that Hield stepped on the top of his defender's foot and looked like he rolled his ankle.
Hield limped around the Lloyd Noble Center court and pointed at, then grabbed his right foot. While play continued down the court, Hield attempted to hop on his left foot.
He never made it past half court.
He pointed at the sideline, and Oklahoma athletic trainer Alex Brown tended to Hield. A minute later, the two walked to the training room.
“Buddy is a terrific guy,” said junior forward Amath M'Baye, who led he Sooners with 12 points. “We all love him to death. I think everybody around campus loves him to death. ... Energy-wise I'm looking forward to see him back on the court. It affects me a lot, too.”
OU forward Romero Osby, who had 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds, said: “You just love him. I look at him like a little brother. He's in good spirits. Hopefully he stays in good spirits.”
OU athletic department officials declined media requests to speak with Hield after the game.
As the Sooners finished the night 29-of-58 from the field, they celebrated their seventh conference victory. OU players high-fived fans as Hield stood with crutches and a gray protective boot on his right foot.
“Buddy loves to play obviously,” Kruger said. “It hurts everyone when that is taken away.”
Devonta Abron led TCU with 12 points.