By: Trey Walker
Saturday night capped off a spectacular career from Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, but it probably didn’t end the way he would have liked it. The senior from the Bahamas finished with a total of 9 points off a shaky 4-12 performance from the field and 4 turnovers. However, this was enough to crown Hield the Big 12’s all time leading scorer passing former Baylor hotshot LaceDarius Dunn. Buddy’s supporting cast picked up most of the teams slack, which unfortunately for Hield was not enough to pull out the win.
It wasn’t just the Sooners struggles that led to the final score of this game. Villanova had an incredible night offensively, so much that they set the record for the largest win margin in Final Four history after the 44 point rout. The Wildcats’ attack was led by guard Josh Hart who tallied 23 points and 4 assists. As a whole, the team shot 71.4 percent from the field, which compared to Oklahoma’s 31.7 percent explains why the score was 95-51.
During the opening minutes of the semifinal, both teams were evenly trading shots and the score was generally even but in the waning minutes of the first half, Villanova managed to get steals leading to easy buckets in transition, and get a few three pointers to fall their way. After Oklahoma entered the second half knowing they were down 14 points their body posture slumped, and it was evident that they were waving the white flag.
Head Villanova coach Jay Wright expressed how fortunate of an outing his team had from the floor after the game, “That was just one of those nights”
The Wildcats square off with the #1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels Monday night at 7.