Important wins set up exciting Bedlam match Saturday
Oklahoma jumped into sole possession of fourth place – only one game out of first place – Monday with an easy victory 75-48 win over 10th place TCU in Norman.
Unfortunately, starting guard Buddy Hield broke a bone in his foot and will be lost for at least four or five weeks.
“It is not good,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “He has a fracture in his fifth metatarsal of his right foot so we will discuss the options tomorrow or later tonight. But it will be a while before Buddy gets back. Buddy loves to play, obviously, and it hurts everyone when that is taken away. So we are disappointed by that.”
TCU’s 11 first-half points were the fewest by an OU opponent since Texas A&M scored just 10 points on March 1, 2008.
Amath M’Baye scored a team-high 12 points in his 26 minutes. He was 4-for-8 from the field and knocked down all four of his free throw attempts.
“I thought it was pretty good that we were able to come in and take care of business right out of the gates,” said M’Baye. “It can be a trap game, we can underestimate them and they can come out with more will and more intensity than us. I think that everybody did a good job staying the course and it was the game plan all through.”
Romero Osby was the only other Sooner in double figures with his 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.
“I had some concerns coming into this week because Oklahoma is very skilled and very talented,” said TCU coach Trent Johnson. “One through nine can get their own shots, left and right, and force you to guard. I think they’re playing as good as anybody in our league and make no mistake about it, that’s in the NCAA tournament, too. We obviously didn’t give them any type of fight and got off to a horrible start. This is our third game in about seven days and we’re not deep enough to make a push on a team of this caliber.”