Buddy Hield caught fire draining eight of 13 from beyond the arc as Oklahoma eased past Oregon 80-68 in their Elite Eight matchup on Saturday. Hield had 37 points in total, shooting at 65% from the field and 61% from three point range in a quite exceptional display of pure scoring ability.
Hield had 37 points in total, shooting at 65% from the field and 61% from three point range in a quite exceptional display of pure scoring ability.
The senior guard simply did not look like missing on his way to becoming the Big 12's second all-time leading scorer and with him in this sort of form the Sooners will be a hard team to beat in the Final Four.
At no point did Oregon look like they would take control of the game and additional three-point daggers from Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard piled the misery on the number one seed Ducks.
Saturday was Hield's 12th game of 30 points or more this season and the first time an individual has scored more than 30 points in a game versus a number one seed in the Elite Eight or later since a certain Carmelo Anthony did so for Syracuse back in 2003 against Texas.
That is a remarkable stat line and highlights just how impressive this young man's scoring ability is.
Hield is the favourite to claim the Wooden Award for the best player in college basketball this year and games like last night will only strengthen his case.
As long as he is shooting this way this Oklahoma team will prove a formidable opponent and have every chance of claiming their first NCAA Championship.
The Sooners will face Jay Wright's Villanova in their first Final Four appearance since 2002 in Houston next Saturday.
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