Oklahoma routs TCU 75-48, loses Hield to injury
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield was right in the middle of the action as Oklahoma celebrated a big upset on its home court, getting carried around on the shoulders of fans who stormed the court.
After another win in the very next game, there was nothing to be happy about for Hield and his Sooners.
Hield broke a bone in his right foot during the second half of Oklahoma's 75-48 rout of TCU on Monday night and will be out indefinitely.
"It'll be a while before Buddy gets back," coach Lon Kruger said. "He loves to play, obviously, and it hurts everyone when that's taken away. So, we're disappointed by that."
A sparkplug who moved into the starting lineup just over a month into his freshman year, Hield was averaging 8.8 points while leading the team in steals and assists during Big 12 play. He was hurt just after making two free throws to put the Sooners up 57-30 with 7:44 left in the game.
Kruger said Hield's fifth metatarsal was broken, and team doctors would have to assess options for treatment before he'd know if Hield would be able to return this season.
"I have no idea," Kruger said. "Any time you have a fracture, it takes time to heal."
Romero Osby scored 12 points and Amath M'Baye scored 11 as Oklahoma (16-7, 7-4 Big 12) led from start to finish.
The Sooners held TCU scoreless for the first eight minutes, extended their lead to 25 by halftime and led by as much as 36 after Andrew Fitzgerald's three-point play to finish a 13-0 run with 13:17 left in the game.
During that stretch, Kruger put a lineup full of reserves into the game. But he went back to a group including four starters with about 12 minutes left in the middle of a string of nine straight TCU points.
Hield limped up the court and hobbled to the bench after a foul was called against M'Baye. He started to walk toward the tunnel to the locker room, but stopped and returned to the bench and took off his shoe before actually heading up the tunnel.
Hield is one of three freshmen — and four newcomers — who have made key contributions to the Sooners as they've put themselves on a trajectory toward the NCAA tournament after missing the postseason the past three years.
The victory pushed the Sooners past their win total from last season.
"I think they're playing as good as anybody in our league and, make no mistake about it, that's an NCAA tournament team. All they've got to do is remain healthy and continue to do what they're doing," said TCU coach Trent Johnson, without knowing the extent of Hield's injury.
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