Ultimately, the decision won’t be made by Hield or even Kruger.
“Buddy won’t play unless the doctors say he’s full to go; It’s not a matter of risking anything,” the Sooners’ coach said. “If he plays, it means the doctors said he’s 100 percent. We’re not going to play him at 80; we’re not going to play him at 90.”
Up to No. 22 in the RPI: The Sooners rose to No. 22 in the latest Rating Percentage Index released by the NCAA Monday. After last week’s stunning loss to Texas, OU only dropped three spots in the index that is heavily weighted by the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
“If you would have said in October we would be 22 (in the RPI) at this point, we would have been thrilled,” Kruger said. “Sure, I think anyone in the country would take that from the standpoint at this point.”
Among Big 12 teams, Kansas (No. 4) and Kansas State (No. 18) are the only teams ahead of OU. OSU is No. 26.
Dominating at home: The Sooners have won their last four home games and beaten Kansas, TCU, Baylor and West Virgina in that span.
What’s more impressive is the largest deficit OU faced in those games was three points two minutes into the Kansas game. The Sooners took the lead for good about 51⁄2 minutes into that game.
They haven’t trailed at Lloyd Noble Center in the last 154 minutes and 26 seconds.
Seed not settled: The Sooners would be the No. 4 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament if the regular season ended today. At 10-6 in the league, the only way OU could rise any higher would be with wins over West Virginia and TCU this week coupled with Oklahoma State 12-4 losing at Iowa State Wednesday and at home to Kansas State Saturday.