MBB: Oklahoma Survives Against VCU To Advance to Sweet 16

Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield had the opportunity Sunday to steal votes away from his competition for national player of the year awards and send his team to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season in the process. He made the most of it.

Hield started slowly in a 85-81 victory over VCU in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but he caught fire in the second half, scoring 29 of his 36 points to carry the Sooners to a huge win in Oklahoma City. At one point in the second half, Hield had the crowd chanting his name.

It is the 11th time this season Hield has scored 30 or more points in a game and the ninth time this season he scored 20 or more points in a half.

The performance and how vital it was to Oklahoma advancing is likely to earn more votes for Hield for any national player of the year awards still up for grabs. The balloting for those honors is expected to be among the tightest races in years between Hield and Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine.(More at Yahoo! Sports)

OU Shot Chart against VCU 

OU -VCU Team Stats


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