NORMAN — Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield had a phenomenal second half against Baylor, scoring 19 points in 66-64 victory.
But the sophomore guard spent the last two minutes of it on the bench. The Sooners were up by six points at that point and Hield was ailing due to a nagging foot injury and flat-out fatigue.
Figuring out a way to stay on the court is an issue for most players this time of year. They have to practice every day to stay sharp. The body, however, needs rest and it becomes a double-edged sword when Big 12 Conference plays rolls around and there are two games every week.
“I’m come in every morning to get treatment and put up extra shots,” Hield said. “I know it’s tough to get up in the morning when you’ve had a rough practice and you’re coming off a road game. But you have to do it.”
The Sooners are relatively healthy as they’ve crossed the midway point in the season. Sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak returned from a broken foot at the start of conference play. His minutes have steadily increased since returning from the injury. He played 14 minutes in the Baylor game and he was on the floor instead of Hield in the final two minutes.
But Hornbeak admits there’s still some rust that he needs to knock off. He’s pain free, but getting his shooting touch back has been the issue. Hornbeak is just 1 for 11 from the field since returning from the injury.
“The hardest thing is when you’re dealing with an injury is that you have to workout, but you also have to get your rest. You have to find a way to get a balance between those two,” Hornbeak said. “Sometimes it’s more rest than working out. It can be a struggle. But you start to see better results when you can work more.”
Trick shot III: OU guard James Fraschilla released “OU Trick Shots Volume III” on YouTube Monday.
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4bzegbIp_4&list=UUO9KGmB22oOUyT6YIJz3sfg&feature=c4-overview
The three-minute video features cameos from OU forwards Ryan Spangler and C.J. Cole along with Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas.
Fraschilla does the videos to raise awareness for Hayden’s Hope, an organization started by ESPNU anchor and OU alum Dari Nowkhah, that runs in conduction with the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), in raising money to cover transplant-related expenses in honor of children awaiting life-saving transplants.
P.C. West reunion: OU forward Tyler Neal will face former Putnam City West teammate Amric Fields Wednesday night when TCU comes to Lloyd Noble Center.
Fields was injured last season and redshirted, making Wednesday’s game the first time he and Neal will face each other in college.
“I’m looking forward to finally getting to play against him. It’s exciting,” Neal said. “I’m sure there will be quite a few people from Putnam West come out, so I’m sure I’ll get to see some old friends.”
Fields, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, is currently averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds a game for the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-5 Big 12).
Sooners stay at No. 25: OU (14-4, 3-2) remained at No. 25 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday. The Sooners debuted in the poll last week, but remained in the same spot after splitting road games at Kansas State and Baylor. The Sooners fell to the Wildcats, 72-66. Kansas State moved back into the poll at No. 22 after falling out of the previous.
OU topped Baylor, 66-64. The Bears dropped 12 spots to No. 24.
OU also made its debut in the USA Today coaches poll Monday. It moved into the No. 25 spot.
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