NORMAN — For a little over 32 minutes everything went perfectly for Oklahoma on Monday. It was cruising to an eventual 75-48 victory over TCU at Lloyd Noble Center. The momentum from its victory over Kansas two days ago appeared to be growing.
Then freshman guard Buddy Hield planted his right foot after making the second of two free throws and immediately started hopping on his left leg.
The rest of the Sooners’ 27-point victory to improve to 16-7 and 7-4 in the Big 12 Conference didn’t seem to matter. A few minutes after the game, Sooner coach Lon Kruger announced Hield had broken the fifth metatarsal (outside) bone in his right foot and is out at least four weeks.
“We’ll discuss the options tomorrow or later tonight, and see where it goes,” Kruger said. “It’s gonna be a while before he gets back.
“Buddy is a guy who loves to play, obviously. It hurts everyone when that’s taken away, so, we’re disappointed.”
Hield’s injury was the blemish on an otherwise dominant performance by the Sooners.
They controlled the game from the opening tip on the defensive end, holding the Horned Frogs (10-14, 1-10) scoreless for the first 812 minutes and without a field goal for the first 11.
“We were trying to step up our defensive intensity and keep it going from the Kansas game and not have a letdown,” said OU forward Romero Osby, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. “We knew they beat Kansas and we were trying to take them out of their stuff. They were missing shots, too, so it was a little bit of both.”
Tyler Neal hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a 50-second stretch midway through the first half to ignite an 18-5 run to close the first half.
The Sooners’ 36-11 lead marked their largest halftime lead of the season. It was also the Horned Frogs’ lowest point total for a half in the program history.