The Latest: Villanova stomps OU by forty-four in record Final Four

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 3:38 AM

(all times local):8:15 p. m. Villanova is going to the national championship game for the third time in school history and first time since winning it all in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth.

The Latest: Villanova stomps OU by forty-four in record Final Four

The Latest on the Final Four with Villanova and OK playing in the first semifinal and NC and Syracuse in Game two. (all times local):

eight:fifteen p. m.

Villanova is going to the national championship game for the third time in school history and first time since winning it all in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth. It'll be the second time the Wildcats have played the final in Houston. The first was in one thousand nine hundred seventy-first when they lost to UCLA in the Astrodome following door to NRG Stadium.

The Wildcats tore up OK 95-51, the largest edge of triumph in a national semifinal game in NCAA Tournament history.

The previous tag had been thirty-four points, with Magic Johnson and MI State beating Pennsylvania 101-sixty-seven in one thousand nine hundred seventy-ninth, and Cincinnati beating OR State eight-forty-six in 1963.

Villanova will play an ACC team next — NC or Syracuse.

Villanova is eleven-4 all-time against N Carolina, bu coach Jay Wright is 0-three. Their latest meeting was in the two thousand thirteen NCAA Tournament, a 78-71 UNCA win.

Against Syracuse, a former Large E rival, the Wildcats trace that series 38-34. But Wright is twelve-9 against the Orange.

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8:05 p. m.

Oklahoma'south Khadeem Lattin, from Houston, was playing in honor of his grandmother, who died earlier this week. Love the rest of the Sooners, his game was a disappointment.

The sophomore has fouled out with two points.

Lattin is also the grandson of Dave Lattin, who played on the TX Western team that was the first to win the NCAA Tournament with five black players starting.

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seven:58 p. m.

Number worries, Villanova fans. Daniel Ochefu is back in the game after going off a little gimpy.

It'south rubbish time at NRG Stadium now. The Sooners have gotten the deficit below thirty but the latest seven minutes are just playing out the string.

Don't tell that to Villanova coach Jay Wright, who's still been coaching his guys hard. Number celebrations yet for the Wildcats.

Sooners star Buddy Hield has nine points, twenty less than he was averaging coming into the game, and is one-for-8 from three.

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seven:52 p. m.

It's all Villanova. The Wildcats are up thirty-one with eight minutes left in the second half, using a fifteen-0 running to beautiful much their first spot in the national title game since the miracle one thousand nine hundred eighty-five team beat Georgetown.

One bit of nervous news for 'Nova. Middle Daniel Ochefu came off the floor gimpy and hasn't returned. The senior was Ltd by a sprained ankle during the Huge E Tournament last month.

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7:40 p. m.

TOUCHDOWN!

Villanova is starting to draw far and the Wildcats did it with a pretty long pass on an inbounds play that Mikal Bridges finished with a dunk while getting fouled.

The Wildcats are up 62-41 with under eleven minutes left and Oklahoma'south basketball Final Four appearance is starting to perceive love it'south football one. The Sooners lost to Clemson thirty-seven-17 in the College Football Playoff on New Year's Eve.

Villanova Jr guard Josh Hart has twenty-two points on ten-of-12 shooting. His career high is twenty-seven points, and only once in his career has the All-Big E guard made 11 field goals in a game. He had twenty-seven points against Akron earlier this season, and twice has twenty-five points.

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7:35 p. m.

The hustle and effort has been there for Oklahoma, but it'south just not turning into points. The Sooners are five-for-20 from the floor this half, 1-for-ten from three. Eleven offensive rebounds have given them plenty of chances, including some excellent open looks.

Meanwhile, on the defensive end, Villanova is still executing superbly. The Wildcats are 6-for-8 and lead 56-41 with 11:55 left in the second half.

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6:twenty-three p. m.

OK started the second half pounding the offensive glass. The Sooners missed six shots on one possession as they crashed the glass but could not capitalize.

That hustle was rewarded eventually when Jordan Woodard converted what amounted to a four-point play, hitting two free throws and following his miss of a third with a putback to slice the lead to 46-37. Villanova coach Jay Wright called a timeout to speak about boxing out, most likely.

Woodard'south points were his first of the game.

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6:13 p. m.

Second half is prepared to start with Villanova leading by 14.

If it seemed love the first half of Villanova and OK flew by that'south because the teams combined to shoot two free throws. Oklahoma'south Ryan Spangler missed them both. There were seven total fouls called, only two on Oklahoma.

That makes Villanova'south 42-point half even more impressive.

Ryan Arcidiancono'south 10 points matches what he'd in Villanova'south loss to the Sooners four months ago. The Wildcats eighteen field goals are only two fewer than they made the whole game the first time.

On the OK side, Buddy Hield has seven points at the break — half of his first-half total in the first matchup. Hield is 3 for 8 from the field and 1 for five from 3.

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5:57 p. m.

Villanova is up 42-28 at halftime and it'south Oklahoma'south largest halftime deficit this season.

In their previous largest deficit, the Sooners trailed by nine at the crack against TX on Feb. 8, but came back to win that game 63-60. When these two teams played back in December in Hawaii, OK led Villanova 32-26 at the break.

Buddy Hield has seven points for the Sooners and went a span of 15:07 without scoring.

Josh Hart has 15 points for the Wildcats on 7-of-8 shooting. Ryan Arcidiacono has 10 points and has made all four of his shots, including two three. The Wildcats shots 67 % (eighteen for twenty-seven) in the first half and scored 15 points off nine Oklahoma turnovers.

The Sooners D has been provided small resistance to the Wildcats, who are getting in the paint with relative ease. They've scored twenty-two points in the paint.

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5:44 p. m.

Where'south Buddy? Villanova has raced out to 37-21 lead on OK with 3:51 left in the first half at the Final Four and Sooners star Buddy Hield has been very quiet.

He made a 3 for the first basket of the game and followed up soon after with another two. Since then he's gone more than 12 minutes without scoring. Hield was averaging twenty-nine per game in the tournament and scored 37 in the Elite Eight against Oregon.

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5:40 p. m.

This game is certainly already different from the Dec. 7 matchup between OK and Villanova that the Sooners won by 23 points.

Villanova is on a 12-0 run. The Wildcats' defense has sparked their offense throughout the tournament and that'south been the case in the first half against Oklahoma.

Villanova has forced seven turnovers and leads 28-17 with 6:57 left.

5:30 p. m.

For the first time in three years coach John Calipari is at the Final Four as a spectator, and he still has a beautiful good seat.

While not on the bench, the KY coach was in the first row of spectator seats close midcourt. His seats were only a few feet behind the media, including TV and radio crews, courtside.

KY won its NCAA Tournament opener against Stony Brook before losing to IN in the second round.

Calipari and the Wildcats played in the Final Four in two thousand-eleventh, two thousand twelve, two thousand fourteen and two thousand fifteen. They won the national title in two thousand-twelfth, were runner-ups in 2014.

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5:27 p. m.

Get that to the bank. Isaiah Cousins banked a 3-pointer for Oklahoma'south third 3-pointer of the game less than 7 minutes in. The Sooners are 3-of-5 on 3-pointers, and Villanova is two-for-4 from long range.

Number shooting woes early in this game. Villanova is 8-of-13 overall and OK is 7-of-13, neither seemingly having a problem shooting in the cavernous football stadium.

It was Villanova 19-17 at the second TV timeout.

5:18 p. m.

OK coach Lon Kruger didn't stay on that stool very long.

Kruger was initially sitting on the brief stool on the edge of the raised court, before getting up for what he considered a questionable foul call. He'south been standing since. Villanova coach Jay Wright, meanwhile, doesn't even have a stool on the floor with him.

At the first TV timeout, Villanova was up 10-9.

5:11 p. m.

The Final Four started with Buddy Hield hitting a 3-pointer, his twentieth of the tournament. Moments later Hield scored again to give OK a 7-6 lead.

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5:07 p. m.

Blowing the whistles and calling the fouls for the first game — the officials — are referee Label Whitehead, along with Tom Eades and Tony Padilla. The standby official is Brian Dorsey.

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5: two p. m.

Star sightings: Vice president Joe Biden, who received a mixed reaction from the fans when he appeared on the video screen over the court. Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, who also played for the Houston Rockets, is here. Also, President George Bush.

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4:56 p. m.

OK star Buddy Hield made at minimum six consecutive 3-pointers during warmups.

For all the speak about the difficulty of shooting in the large stadium, the big-scoring OK guard certainly looks comfortable in pregame.

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4:48 p. m.

The starting lineups for the first national semifinal game:

Villanova: Jr forward Kris Jenkins, senior forward Daniel Ochefu, freshman guard Jalen Brunson, Jr guard Josh Hart, senior guard Ryan Arcidiancono

Oklahoma: Senior forward Ryan Spangler, sophomore forward Khadeem Lattin, Jr guard Jordan Woodard, senior guard Isaiah Cousins, senior guard Buddy Hield. It's the one hundred-fifth straight game that Spangler, Woodard, Cousins and Hield have started together.

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Buddy Ball vs. Philly Ball and a matchup of Corridor of Fame coaches.

The Final Four tips off Saturday night at NRG Stadium in Houston with OK facing Villanova, a couple of sharp-shooting No. two seeds. The Sooners are led by Buddy Hield, who's averaging twenty-nine points per game in the NCAA Tournament while showing off nearly unlimited range. The Wildcats from Philadelphia, led by Ryan Arcidiacono, are hitting 46 % of their three so distant in the tournament.

The Sooners are making their fifth Final Four appearance and Villanova is making its sixth.

In Game 2, top-seed NC with coach Roy Williams faces Jim Boeheim and 10th-seeded Syracuse. Williams and Boeheim have combined for one hundred twenty-five NCAA Tournament wins, including some Boeheim wins vacated by the NCAA.

The Orange is the fourth double-digit seed to reach the Final Four, but none have made it to the title game.

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