Buddy Hield, Ok­la­homa OK­LA­HOMA SOON­ERS

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

2015-16 Record: 29–7, 12–6 Big 12 Head Coach: Lon Kruger (sec­ond Fi­nal Four) Pro­jected Starters: G – Jor­dan Woodard (13.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 45.9 3-pt FG%), G – Buddy Hield (25.4 ppg, 46.5 3-pt FG%, 54.9 2-pt FG%), G – Isa­iah Cousins (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.6 apg), F – Khadeem Lat­tin (5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F – Ryan Span­gler (10.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 64.2 2-pt FG%) Will win the na­tional ti­tle if... Buddy Ball con­tin­ues. How many play­ers could turn the ball over six times in a re­gional fi­nal and still be the best player in the game? Buddy Hield, that’s who. His 37-point game against Ore­gon in the Elite Eight was his 19th game scor­ing more than 25 points this year, in­clud­ing three of the four games in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. This has been rem­i­nis­cent of Stephen Curry’s run to the Elite Eight in 2008. Hield’s sup­port­ing cast is bet­ter than Curry’s was at David­son, but this is still Buddy’s show. Will lose to Vil­lanova on Satur­day if... Buddy Ball ends. High-vol­ume scor­ers like Hield don’t of­ten reach the Fi­nal Four. That’s with good rea­son; even­tu­ally hot streaks cool or good teams find a way to limit even the best scor­ers. Hield is less than a month re­moved from a six-point ef­fort against West Vir­ginia in the Big 12 Tour­na­ment. A night like that would be dis­as­trous for OU.

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