Despite breaking his nose this past weekend, Kristian Doolittle refused to sit out. Wearing a mask, the senior led the Oklahoma Sooners to victory over a ranked foe on Tuesday before undergoing successful surgery to address the situation. In the wake of the news, many fans expressed concern over the availability of the forward for the remainder of the season.
Kristian Doolittle underwent a successful procedure on his broken nose this morning. We anticipate that he’ll be available for Saturday’s game at West Virginia. https://t.co/0Eku6UKSgB— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 27, 2020
However, it appears a though those concerns can be put to rest. On Thursday afternoon, the program stated that Doolittle is expected to play against No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday.
Although the mask proved visibly uncomfortable, the forward led the Sooners with a 19-point effort in the previous outing. Leading the program in scoring this season with 15.5 points per game and 8.9 rebounds, the output and experience of Doolittle remains heavily relied upon.