After producing eight points and ten rebounds in 27 minutes of action Saturday in No. 21 Oklahoma’s 68-56 win at TCU, senior forward TaShawn Thomas left the game with just over seven minutes remaining with an eye injury. Thomas, who has become more comfortable in Lon Kruger’s system as the season’s progressed after transferring in from Houston, did not return to the game.
According to Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman, Kruger didn’t know much about the status of his starting forward after the game. That’s an issue, as the Sooners scheduled to host No. 11 Iowa State Monday night in what is a quick turnaround for both teams (the Cyclones also played Saturday).
Thomas exited the game and after being checked out by team trainer Alex Brown, did not return.
“He got hit in the eye,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “I don’t know anything really more than that at this point.”
While the Sooners did manage to out-rebound TCU by four Saturday, the problem for Oklahoma was that the Horned Frogs managed to grab 21 offensive rebounds and that was with Thomas on the floor for a significant portion of the game. A similar issue against an Iowa State team that’s much better equipped to take advantage of second chances could cost Oklahoma dearly.
In conference games Thomas is averaging 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, with Ryan Spangler (7.3 rpg) being the lone Sooner who’s performed better on the glass.