The Norman Transcript

February 12, 2013

Shinn at 3: Broken foot first major stumbling block for Sooners

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The broken right foot Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield sustained Monday night is the first major stumbling block the team has faced this season.

The 75-48 victory over TCU on Monday lifted OU to 16-7 overall and 7-4 in the Big 12 Conference. During the first 23 games, OU only had one player miss a game due to an injury. Backup point guard Sam Grooms was held out of the Stephen F. Austin game on Dec. 18 due to a concussion. The rest of the season, OU’s had all its player available.

The initial prognosis for Hield on Monday was four-to-six weeks out of the lineup. That could mean missing the rest of the regular season or the rest of the season, depending on the time frame and whether OU reaches the NCAA Tournament.

OU started preparing for the final seven regular-season games on Tuesday knowing it won’t have its fourth-leading scorer at 8.6 points per game, third-leading rebounder and one of it best perimeter defenders.

“I look at him as a little brother and it always hurts to see a family member drop down,” OU forward Romero Osby said. “He is in good spirits and hopefully he stays in good spirits. He is one of those guys that he is going to contribute to the team no matter what he is doing. We are just going to try to continue to win for him and continue to play hard for him.”

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