The No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners routed the No. 1 Oregon Ducks 80-68 tonight to punch their first ticket to the Final Four since 2002. Sooners star guard Buddy Hield sunk eight three-pointers and finished with 37 points Oregon just couldn’t find its shooting stroke and looked lost en route to being the first No. 1 seed eliminated from this year’s NCAA Tournament.
In terms of how Oklahoma won and secured a trip to Houston, the answer is simple: percentages. The Sooners shot nearly 47 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range, their sinking shots making up for 17 turnovers.
Oregon, on the other hand, just didn’t have it tonight. The Ducks shot just 39 percent from the floor and 19 percent from three-point range. Leading scorer Dillon Brooks, who had 22 points against Duke in the Sweet Sixteen two nights ago, was held to seven points and committed three turnovers before fouling out.
Long story short, Oklahoma outplayed Oregon tonight and is now just a win away from a shot at a national championship. Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from the big dance!
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