The Norman Transcript


February 26, 2013

OU making best of foul-heavy games



Different Texas: The Sooners face Texas at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Austin. Even though OU won the first meeting, 73-67, in Norman. Texas has gone through some changes since.

Sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo has returned to the lineup after a 23-game NCAA-mandated suspension.

“They’re considerably different because they’ve added a top, elite player,” Kruger said of the Longhorns. “(Kabongo) does a lot of things offensively, but he’s also very active and very quick defensively. It’s not just his points. He creates, he gets in the lane, he pushes tempo. He does a lot of good things for them.”

No medical boot for Hield: Freshman guard Buddy Hield is still is not practicing with the team, but he was shooting flat-footed shots at Monday’s practice and he was no longer wearing a medical boot on his right foot.

“He’s more active every day,” Kruger said. “He’s making good progress from what (OU trainer Alex Brown) says. I don’t know what it means in terms of number of days, but Buddy is certainly on schedule. He’s working as hard as he can work at it. He wants to get back.”

Hield has missed the last three games since breaking a bone in his right foot on Feb. 11 against TCU. The original prognosis was for him to miss four-to-six weeks.

Long night: OU guard Je’lon Hornbeak wore a big smile. He chipped his two front teeth in Saturday’s win over Baylor and he had to go see a dentist about an hour after the game ended. The procedure lasted about 90 minutes and included two root canals.

“It was worth it,” Hornbeak said. “… It came out nice.”

Hornbeak said the most painful part of the night was the shot of Procaine he received before the surgery.

“The numbness stuff, they hit me up right on the nerves,” he said. “That stuff hurt; I’m not gonna lie.”

John Shinn

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