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January 9, 2013

Attitude makes Buddy spark for Sooners

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Having Hield on the floor at the opening tip isn’t the sole reason for OU’s improvement. As a team, OU has shot the ball better in the last three games.

But the move helped.

“He’s earned the opportunity to be a starter from Day One with his activity and his production,” Kruger said. “It wasn’t anything specific, but you just want him out there as much as he can be out there.”

Hield, a native of the Bahamas, admits breaking into the starting lineup has been a goal. However, it’s one of several that make up the biggest one. He played high school basketball at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan. He had a close look at how hard it has been for OU to win games since Griffin left for the NBA.

“I want to be one of the people that helps bring a winning culture back,” Hield said. “Winning is habit. I hate losing. Everybody hates it, but losing is a feeling I try to stay far away from.”

He’s not the only Sooner player with that attitude, but the results have shown in the win column this season.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

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