He’ll be in the starting lineup again today. This time, he’ll be on the wing instead of point guard. OU has moved freshman Isaiah Cousins into that spot and he’s played well the last three games.
Hornbeak, however, can’t be a Hield clone. OU wants him to be a more consistent version of what he has been in the last few games.
“I have to keep the same mindset,” Hornbeak said. “I have to keep being aggressive offensively and defensively.”
The same can be said for junior forward Cameron Clark, who is going to see his minutes increase today and the rest of the season. Clark had been earning more time before Hield’s injury. He’s scored 35 points in the last four games and has shot 16 for 25 from the field.
“We’re a man short in the rotation and someone will have to step up and play those minutes really well,” Kruger said. “That’s the value of depth; those guys have played well all year.”
The critical secret to Bedlam has never been getting certain players to produce epic performances. More often than not, winning comes down to which team can be the most consistent.
OU was that team back in January. It’s still in the race for the Big 12 title because of it. The Cowboys are at the top of the standings for that very reason, too.
The Sooners know their roles for Bedlam’s second act. To do what you’ve been doing a little better has been a winning formula for the Sooners.
“We’re not going to ask those guys to do anything different from what they’ve already done,” Kruger said. “Je’lon’s played pretty well the last two ball games and Cam has been playing well for a while. They’re just going to have more minutes to do the same things.”
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