“Kansas is a premier place, a tough place and a great atmosphere,” he said.
Despite all the tough losses OU — and just about everyone else — has experienced there over the years, it still relishes the opportunity to play in front of 16,300 screaming Kansas fans.
“Everyone wants to play in front of a big crowd,” Hield said. “There’s an energy that you can feed off of. Everyone wants to be in games like that.”
How Hornbeak and Hield feel about it early Saturday evening might be different. It’s one thing to see it on television without a rooting interest. It’s another thing when you’re on the team that’s playing Kansas, and all the crowd noise bouncing off the 67-year-old ceiling is meant to destroy any chance of you winning.
Hield and Hornbeak both believe they can block all that out. But don’t be surprised if both have wide eyes when the Sooners are warming up before the game.
“This place is at the top of my list,” Hield said.
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