KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
“Buddy clearly has the emotional and physical part of the injury behind him. He’s full speed, ready to go,” Kruger said. “He hasn’t shot the ball with the rhythm that he did prior to the injury. He missed three weeks of shooting. It’s going to take him a little time to come back. But from a physical standpoint and an emotional standpoint, I think he feels great.”
Hield said any doubts he was physically recovered ended when he had a put-back dunk against the Horned Frogs in the first half.
“That play took a lot of stress off my head,” he said. “That play changed the whole game for me, as far as going to the boards more. I’m ready to go get boards now. I’m able to jump and dunk over somebody. That’s what I’m going to do.”
3-point/free-throw divide: Iowa State made 22 3-pointers (11 in both games) against the Sooners this season. The Sooners made 9 with six of those coming in the 86-69 win over Iowa State March 2 at Lloyd Noble Center.
The reason why OU got away with it in the victory was the 34-for-34 performance from the free-throw line. OU outscored the Cyclones by 20 points in the game.
In the Sooners’ 83-64 loss to Cyclones Feb. 2 in Ames, Iowa, OU went just 9 for 17 from the free-throw line. Iowa Sate hit 16 of 18 from the charity stripe.
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