Final Four

#2 Villanova vs #2 Oklahoma Recap

Final Four Gamecenter Box Score

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During Saturday afternoon action, No. 2 Villanova not only beat, but embarrassed No. 2 Oklahoma by a score of 95-51. That 44-point spread was the biggest margin of victory in the history of the Final Four.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 14-point lead by the half, topping 40 points in the first 20 minutes of play alone. Sooners superstar Buddy Hield scored only 9 points the game and was held without a field-goal for virtually the entire second half.  His only three-pointer was on the opening possession of the game.

Josh Hart led Villanova in scoring with 23 points, while Jordan Woodard led Oklahoma with 12 points.

Box Score

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No. 1 North Carolina defeated No. 10 Syracuse easily later on that evening in their Final Four matchup, so the Tar Heels await Villanova in the championship game to be played on Monday, April 4 2016 at precisely 9:19 PM at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas.

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NCAA Basketball Final Four preview

Villanova Wildcats vs Oklahoma Sooners

Buddy Hield’s Oklahoma Sooners are one game away from the national championship and will face the Oklahoma Sooners in a matchup featuring 2 of the best College Basketball programs in the nation for this Final Four. Houston’s NRG Stadium will host this matchup highly anticipated matchup Saturday. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA Basketball Final Four preview. Come enjoy our March Madness Fantasy contests at Fanpicks with over 5 MILLION dollars in prizes for the NCAA TOURNAMENT.

NCAA BASKETBALL Final Four

Buddy Hield really made this NCAA March Madness Tournament into a personal highlight reel and the stage will get bigger tonight when he will lead the Sooners to their 1st Final Four in 14 years against the Villanova Wildcats in Houston. Hield, scored 37 points in the Elite 8 victory over Oregon last weekend, and currently averages 29.3 pts  with a 56.7 shooting percentage this NCAA tournament.

 

The Wildcats’ coach Jay Wright knows the threat Hield poses for his team and is well aware that the Sooners will have a sixth man with the crowd, as Oklahoma’s campus isn’t so far from Houston. But after kicking the nation’s # 1 team Kansas last week, he feels his squad heads into this game with extreme confidence. The two teams already met earlier this season but it was another story as some of their players were very inexperienced and struggled from the field. Their starters combined for 1 of 16 from the 3 pt range however have a 42.6 percent from beyond the arc in the tournament. We were an inexperienced team and it really showed, so I think we are a much more experienced team now.” That trio combined to go 1-of-16 from 3-point range against Oklahoma, but have posted a collective 42.6 percent mark from beyond the arc in the tournament.

 

On the Sooners side, Buddy Hield should have a tremendous game and will be helped by guard Jordan Woodard. Woodard is averaging 16.8 pts per game while Cousins has been struggling with only 13 pts in the past 2 games. With Hield hitting the triples against Oregon and taking at least 10 shots beyond the arc. The Wildcats will definitely need to be on their game early since the Sooners have outscored their opponents by 14.3 on average in the 1st half.

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March Madness Results

Elite 8

The Elite 8 is now history for 2016, as only four teams remain in the battle to be named March Madness champion.

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The quarter-final round began on Saturday, March 26, when Buddy Hield led #2 Oklahoma to a 80-68 win over top ranked Oregon.

Later that day another #2 seed, Villanova had a strong start and held on to beat the top ranked and heavily favorited Jay Hawks. # 1 Kansas exits the tournament two rounds earlier than they would’ve liked to.

The round concluded on Sunday night with an expected result, as #1 North Carolina got their dabb on and defeated #6 Notre-Dame by a fair 88-74 margin. The game was close in the first half, but the Tar Heels grinded it out for the entire 40 minutes and held off any hopes of an ND comeback.

Sunday started with a pretty big upset when the highest remaining seed #10 Syracuse topped  #1 Virginia 68-62.

Four #1 seeds entered the Elite 8. Just one advanced. After a little number crunching we can see that North Carolina (the sole #1 remaining), has a $41% chance to win the championship.

They are the heavy favorite over Syracuse heading into the Final 4, with a projected winning percentage of 80%, while the other two candidates (Villanova, Oklahoma) equally have a 50%-50% chance of advancing to the championship round.

All teams are off until April 2, when the Final 4 tip-off.

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March Madness

Elite 8

#2 Oklahoma vs #1 Oregon Recap

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Oklahoma is off to the Final Four for the first time since 2002.

Buddy Hield dropped 37 points in a Steph Curry like performance to send Oregon home from March Madness. Oh yeah, and he did it just to impress Kobe Bryant. As Hield said after the game “As soon as I saw Kobe was here, I knew I had to put on a show.”

He followed that up with “It was special man, I can’t tell you how special… A guy you really looked up to growing up. You don’t get that everyday…It’s kind of special that he knows who I am now. I appreciate Kobe taking his time coming out and watching, it means so much to me.”

Isaiah Cousins had the second best fantasy basketball day with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal, while Jordan Woodard contributed 13 points, 1 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal himself.

Oregon’s Elgin Cook dropped 24 points plus 4 assists in the loss.

#2 Oklahoma will face fellow #2 seed Villanova in their Final Four matchup to see who will win the right to compete in the March Madness championship game.

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