Buddy Hield has absolutely dominated the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Oklahoma senior guard has taken March Madness and made it his own, scoring from all over the court and propelling the Sooners to their first Final Four since 2002.
We all knew Hield could be a juggernaut offensively but during the tournament, with his college career on the line, he has taken things to another level.
Hield pumped in 27 points during Oklahoma’s opening-round win over CSU Bakersfield, dropped 36 on VCU in the second round, “only” had 17 against Texas A&M in the Sweet 16, then had 37 against Oregon in the Elite Eight. Through four games, Hield is averaging a ridiculous 29.3 points per game. If he keeps that average up, it would be the third-highest scoring average in NCAA tournament history for a player participating in at least five games.
Here’s a quick video review of what he did against Oregon:
Hield has a total of 117 points through four games, if he continues at his current pace and Oklahoma keeps winning, he would finish with 176 points (rounding up). That would trail only Michigan’s Glen Rice (184 points in six games in 1989) and Princeton’s Bill Bradley (177 points in five games in 1965). That’s incredible company to keep.
Hield has also hit 19-of-40 shots from beyond the 3-point line. His total of 19 makes from deep is already knocking on the door of history. He only needs eight more makes to tie Glen Rice (27) for the most in a single tournament. He hit eight in one game during Oklahoma’s win over Oregon. A guard-heavy matchup with Villanova in the Final Four could see him get plenty of chances from deep.
Obviously Hield and Oklahoma aren’t focused on individual records right now, the Sooners want a title. But as we’ve seen, Oklahoma is at its best when Hield takes over games. Like Kemba Walker in 2011 for UConn, he has the ability to elevate everyone around him.
The sad part is, that Hield has at most two games left in his college career. So enjoy and appreciate it while you can. His play is bordering on legendary.
The “Buddy Show” has taken over the 2016 NCAA Tournament and been the best part of this year’s event. Here’s hoping it doesn’t get canceled any time soon.