LAWRENCE, Kan. — Buddy Hield planned to get his hair cut Friday.
The OU freshman had a dream recently that his Sooners beat Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, a place where OU hasn't won since 1993.
In the dream, Hield said he grabbed a rebound before passing it back out to a teammate who made the game-winning shot. Hield said in the dream, he saw himself rebound and his hair was short.
He ran his hands over his head as he recounted the dream.
“So I gotta get my hair cut,” the OU guard said. “It's gotta be short.”
Heild and the Sooners will get their chance to replicate his dream at 3 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence.
Although it will be Hield's first trip into The Phog wearing the crimson and cream, he's been inside the Kansas basketball cathedral before.
Hield was recruited by the Jayhawks during his junior year at Sunrise Christian Academy in Witchita, Kan. He made the two-hour trip to sit behind the bench and watch Kansas take on Iowa State. He watched the way the Jayhawks passed the ball, the way they moved, the way they communicated and he heard the fans.
“It was just super loud,” he said. “It was an experience going to see everybody who played there. I fell in love with them.”
“I never figured I would come to Oklahoma,” he said. “My coach would always say, ‘Watch how (Kansas) plays, watch how they guard. They're so strong.
Hield, whose high school basketball coach is a Jayhawks fan himself, would watch Kansas play on TV. He learned from them. He was motivated by them, and he said, Kansas basketball changed him.
“It motivated me to keep playing better basketball so I could play at a higher level,” he said. “You want to play at programs like that, but you know one in a hundred get to play there. It made me work hard and get to wear I am today.”
Now, he's applying all those things he learned and taking them into Saturday's game with him.
“I was made for those type of environments,” Hield said. “I look forward to playing in those type of environments. I knew if I couldn't play for them I wanted to go play them and beat them.”
The Sooners know of Hield's high school trip to the Phog. Senior reserve Sam Grooms said the freshman talks about it when they talk about loud arenas.
“It's every little thing,” Grooms said. “It's the loudest arena I've ever been in.”
But this time going in, Grooms knows he has something Kansas basketball decided to gloss over: Buddy Hield.
“I'm just glad that he came here, I'd rather not deal with him at another place,” Grooms said. “He's just active and always so energetic. That wears on you after a while. I go against him enough in practice that I'm used to it by now, but I feel bad for other guards.”