“I thought it was. Everyone was together and into the game,” Fitzgerald said. “A lot of teams do get sidetracked after they win a big game against a team like Kansas. We came out with a lot of energy and that energy won the game for us.”
Obviously, with Hield out one of those four, most likely Hornbeak, will turn into a starter. But all will need to make greater contributions.
Kruger has a lot of options with how he’ll replace Hield in the lineup. Hornbeak has responded well in the last two games since being moved from the point guard spot to the wing. Clark has been incredibly productive as well. After Monday night’s 4-for-7 performance, he’s shooting 53 percent in conference play.
A lot will depend on the opponent. The Sooners face No. 17 Oklahoma State (17-5, 7-3) at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
It will be OU’s first game since the loss of Hield. Bedlam should give a strong indication how it will handle his absence.
“Buddy is a player who brings a lot of energy and it’s hard to see him get hurt like that,” Clark said. “We have some guys on this who can step up.”
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