WATCH: Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is a flame-throwing rainmaker

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is the favorite for the national player of the year award, and he showed why against Oregon in the Sooners’ 80-68 victory on Saturday sending them to the Final Four.

Hield scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the second half, but his hot start put No. 2 seed Oklahoma in command of No. 1 seed Oregon early. Hield had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half, including 5-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Three of them were just totally outrageous, including this one from way behind the arc as time was running down at the end of the period.

That shot gave Oklahoma a 48-30 lead at halftime and was the 143rd 3-pointer Hield has made this season. With 146 3-point shots this season Hield moved closer to the NCAA record in a single season of 162 set by Stephen Curry at Davidson in 2008. If Hield continues on this tear and the Sooners reach the championship game, does anybody doubt that he could get there?

Oklahoma made 12-of-24 3-pointers and Hield was 8-of-13 from behind the arc.

Buddy Hield had 17 points in the first half vs. Oregon. (USATSI)
Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 37 points vs. Oregon. (USATSI)


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