Live by the three, die by the three right? Well Oklahoma has been living by the three all season but their season died by it Saturday in Houston. The Sooners lost to Villanova by a Final Four record, 44 points. The 95-51 loss was shocking, to say the least. OU defeated the Wildcats by 23 in December, so many were expecting a Sooner victory. However, Villanova played efficient offense the entire game and went on a 33-5 run in the second half to seal the win.
Oklahoma shot 31.7% and the Wildcats shot 71.4% from the field as they dominated the game from start to finish. Oklahoma had 11 more field goal attempts than the Wildcats but made 19 less field goals. Oklahoma had 19 offensive rebounds, but couldn't convert on enough second chance opportunities to keep up with the Wildcats on the scoreboard.
Buddy Hield went just 4/12 and was held to nine points. He went just 1/8 from three pointers, as Oklahoma went just 6/27 as a team from three.
Isaiah Cousins went 3/14 and Jordan Woodard went 3/10. It wasn't a good game for Oklahoma's star trio of guards. Hopefully they'll be remembered for their consistency as opposed to this game. They brought the Oklahoma program from a fringe to tournament team to a Final Four team in just three seasons while they all started together.
Josh Hart from Villanova had 23 points and went 10/12 from the field goal. He also had eight rebounds and four assists. Six Villanova players scored in double figures while the Sooners had just one in Woodard.