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Oklahoma Sooners 86 - Kansas State Wildcats 76 | Notes & Quotes, "I Prayed For Buddy To Miss"

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"A good conference win. I love the way the guys opened the ballgame and obviously created a margin there that we played with for most of the rest of the ballgame. We didn't finish it quite as clean as we wanted to, but we'll clean that up. The guys are making good plays for each other, moving the ball well and a couple assists. Obviously we had too many turnovers late, not what we wanted to have. I'm happy for them. Coming off the week that we've had to bounce back and open the ballgame like that, I thought that was huge. The guys did a good job." - Lon Kruger on the game in general

"It's hard to imagine anyone playing more efficiently than how Buddy is in terms of making shots, attacking, making good plays for his teammates. It's just really impressive at this point. He works out like that. He works to do that. He's all about winning and all about his teammates, and he knows his goal for this team is to step up and do what he's doing." - Lon Kruger on Buddy Hield

"He is magical. I pray for our shots to go in and I pray for his not to. He is on a run and he is just special. I don't think he really did anything forced. He didn't like when we hedged hard and he turned it over six times. He didn't like some of that. One of our thoughts was to make him a passer. I think it is great for Barry (Brown) to learn from him and see how hard he plays. He just keeps coming at you." - Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber on Buddy Hield

"Woodard. Woodard. It's not even a question. We didn't guard him last year. We just didn't guard him. We got here this morning and it was a semi-blizzard for Oklahoma—I'm from Wisconsin and that was just a rain shower—and Cousins was here at 7:30 this morning shooting before us. I don't know how he got here. There was a little scooter out there so if that was his then he rode here in the snow. I don't know, I'm probably starting some rumor, but those guys—Buddy started it. They have a culture of a commitment to getting better. Hield took it to another level, Cousins took it to another level, Spangler has taken it to another level and now Woodard has taken it to another level." - Bruce Weber on the difference between Oklahoma this year from last year.

"This is what I love doing. I love playing basketball. I'm used to doing this. Whatever Coach (Kruger) needs, whatever my teammates need. If they need me on the floor, I'm going to be on the floor." - Buddy Hield on the increased playing time to start conference play

"Good stuff has been happening when I touch the ball, so that always helps with confidence. I've just been working a lot, getting more comfortable with the four other guys on the court and just making smart decisions when I touch the ball." - Khadeem Lattin on his confidence level

"I think I am just adjusting to the offense well, and listening to all the coaches and doing what I need to do to help the team off the bench. On defense, I knew Buddy Hield was going to be if not one of the best players in the country. I knew it was going to be a challenge. He hit a lot of shots. He went 6-for-8 from three and I lost him a couple of times. I tried my best and that just wasn't good enough." - Kansas State guard Barry Brown on scoring and guarding Buddy Hield

Game Notes

• OU improved to 13-1 and 2-1 in Big 12 play, while the Wildcats fell to 10-5, 0-3 against conference opponents this season.

• The Sooners have won 14 straight games at Lloyd Noble Center dating back to last season. OU's last loss at home came in overtime last year against Kansas State.

• OU finished 11 of 19 (57.9 percent) from behind the arc against Kansas State, who entered Saturday's game ranked second nationally in 3-point field goal defense (27.5). The Sooners finished with 10 or more 3-pointers for the ninth time this season.

• OU scored at least 80 points for the eighth straight game and for the 12th time in 14 contests this season. A

• The Sooners finished the first half with a 55.9 field goal percentage (19 of 34). It was second-best performance to start a game this season.

• OU set a season-high with 23 assists on 35 made field goals. Isaiah Cousins led the Sooners with six assists, while Buddy Hield contributed five.

• The Sooners set a season-high mark with 24 fast break points.

• Senior guard Buddy Hield recorded his sixth game of at least 30 points this season. The other 133 Big 12 players who have played this season have combined for the same number of 30-point games as Hield.

• Hield joins Blake Griffin (2008-09) as the only Sooner with six or more 30-point games in season in the last 20 years.

• Buddy moved into second place by himself (entered game tied) in program history with 255 3-pointers, passing former Sooner guard Steven Pledger (249). He needs just five more treys to set the Oklahoma record for career 3-pointers, held by Terry Evans (259).

• In two games this week, Hield averaged 38. 5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.

• Sophomore forward Khadeem Lattin recorded his second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday. He also tied his career-high with six blocks on Saturday, his second straight game with six.

• Junior guard Jordan Woodard scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game and 10th time this season.

• Ryan Spangler finished with 14 points, his third straight game and ninth of the season finishing in doubles figures.