MBB: Sooners Outlast Cal State Bakersfield to Advance to Round of 32

Oklahoma didn't bring its best to its NCAA tournament opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Thankfully for the Sooners, All-American guard Buddy Hield did.

That proved to be enough as second-seeded Oklahoma overcame an otherwise uninspiring performance Friday to defeat No. 15 Cal State Bakersfield 82-68.

The Sooners went just 15-of-25 from the free throw line. They got outrebounded 35-31 by an opponent that starts only one player taller than 6-foot-4. And at times they completely fell asleep defensively, leading to several easy Bakersfield layups.

But whenever Oklahoma needed a run or a basket to keep the Roadrunners from seriously threatening, Hield -- as he has all season -- delivered. (More at ESPN.com)


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