If there is a controversy over who is the Player-of-the-Year in college basketball this year, as Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero said in the movie “Donnie Brasco”, “forget about it.” After todays performance by the Oklahoma Sooners Buddy Hield in Baton Rouge against LSU in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, we have a winner. Hield poured in 32 points in a come from behind 77-75 win over the Tigers, as he outshined his major competition, the sensational freshman Ben Simmons. Hield went 8-15 behind the arc and was 7-9 in the final half. He currently leads the nation in three point shots made pre game with a 4.3 average on a 52.7 percentage made. OU leads the country in three point shooting with teammate Jordan Woodard the country’s leading percentage shooter from long distance. For Simmons, a fourteen point, nine rebounds and five assists was just not enough in this confrontation between the number one Sooners and the now 13-8 LSU cagers. OU had a nice supporting cast this afternoon with Isaiah Cousins hitting the game winner with a little less than four seconds to go. Cousins finished with 18 points and seven assists and Ryan Spangler had 16 points and ten boards. OU committed only ten turnovers while LSU had 15.
We all are aware of Stephen Curry and his excellence in the National Basketball Association. To a man, all would point to Curry as the best shooter in the world. Buddy Hield, when comparing his numbers with Curry as a college player, is in his class of shooter. Hield, “forget about it.”
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