The Oklahoma Sooners earned a spot in the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive time with a win over the VCU Rams. Wins are not given but rather earned during the NCAA Tournament and individuals utilize a multitude of tactics in order to secure a seat in the next round.
During the bout, one defender attempted to rattle Buddy Hield and remove any level of confidence the shooter held. With comments such as, "You're the player of the year. You're supposed to be going to work," Doug Brooks solicited a response the Rams hoped to avoid.
After shooting 2-of-8 from the field with seven points to his name, Hield picked up his second foul of the first half. Walking over to the bench, the Big XII Player of the Year looked on as Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard carried the load. Entering the locker room, Coach Chris Crutchfield showed a stat sheet to Hield and the rest is history.
Brooks comments may have awakened the sleeping giant inside as Hield knocked down a three pointer at the 19:17 mark in the second half of play. The National Player of the Year candidate lit up the scoreboard collecting 29 points after seeing the stat sheet at the half. His response?
Brooks recounts what he remembers hearing on the court noted by John Shinn of the Norman Transcript, "At the end of the game, [Hield] said, ‘I'm the No. 1 player in the country, big-time players make big-time plays.'"
Buddy's case for National Player of the Year continues to build behind yet another 30+ point game.