“Obviously, we didn’t give them any type of fight and got off to a horrible start,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “This is our third game in about seven days and we’re not deep enough to make a push on a team of this caliber.”
Devonta Abron led the Horned Frogs, which shot 30.2 percent (16-for-53 from the field, with 12 points. Kyan Anderson added 11 and Connell Crossland added 10.
OU, which shot 50 percent from the field (29-for-58) and was perfect, received 12 points from Amath M’Baye. He and Osby were two of the seven Sooners to score at least eight points.
Hield had eight. The last two came on a pair of free throws with 7:44 left that put OU up by 27.
Then he stepped on a TCU player’s foot as the inbound pass came in and immediately showed discomfort. Kruger got him out of the game 10 seconds later and Hield was quickly taken back to the training room. He wasn’t made available to reporters after the game.
The freshman guard played a team-lead 590 minutes prior to Monday’s game and had only played 20 minutes prior to the injury. No OU player was on the floor for more than 26 minutes Monday night.
The victory sets up a Bedlam showdown at Oklahoma State on Saturday that could have seeding implications for the NCAA Tournament for the first time four years.
Losing Hield, however, takes some wind out of the Sooners’ sail.
“Buddy is a terrific guy. We all love him to death. I think everybody around campus loved him to death,” M’Baye said. “He’s done such a great job giving us energy that we’re going to miss it. Knowing Buddy, even from the corner of the bench he’s still going to have the same production and energy for us. I’m looking forward to seeing him back on the court. I’m very saddened by his injury. It affects me a lot, too.”
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