Villanova shoots past OK in Final four to NCAA title game

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 6:25 AM

Buddy Hield had a night to forget. The Wildcats, setting a record for edge of triumph in a Final Four semifinal, held Hield to his second-lowest output of the season in a 95-51 triumph over OK on Saturday night."That was just one of those nights," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

Villanova shoots past OK in Final four to NCAA title game

Villanova had a night to recollect on both ends of the court.

Buddy Hield had a night to forget.

The Wildcats, setting a record for edge of triumph in a Final Four semifinal, held Hield to his second-lowest output of the season in a 95-51 triumph over OK on Saturday night.

"That was just one of those nights," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I perceive horrible for Oklahoma."

He can perceive excellent for his Wildcats (34-five) as they advanced to Monday night'south national championship game against the winner of the N Carolina-Syracuse game.

Josh Hart scored twenty-three points and his 10-of-twelve shooting performance was portion of Villanova's 71.four % (thirty-five of forty-nine) effort. Villanova missed just five shots in the second half.

The edge topped the 34-point Final Four wins by Cincinnati over OR State in one thousand nine hundred sixty-second and MI State over Penn in 1979.

The Wildcats presently have four wins in the tournament of at least nineteen points, the only near game a 5-point win over overall No. one seed KS in the Elite Eight.

Villanova dominated the Sooners (29-eight) after an opening seven minutes that'd the teams trading the lead nearly every possession.

The Wildcats broke it open with a 21-4 run. The stats about NRG Stadium being a horrible space to shoot went out the window along with the Sooners' chances at playing for their first title.

"I definitely think it helped," Wright said of practicing shooting in the dome. "'We're going to be good,' we hold telling them, and I think they believed that."

The Wildcats, with Hart going seven for eight, shot 66.7 % in the first half, including six of eleven from three-point range in taking a 42-28 halftime lead.

"I wouldn't declare it'south easy, but when you've guys love (teammates) you can go off any night," Hart said. "When they're aggressive, it helps me. The driving lanes, able to obtain a couple of shots to fall, when that happens, able to kick out and obtain some guys some shots."

As the Wildcats, who won it all in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth with the shocking upset of Georgetown, kept making shots, Hield kept missing.

The unanimous All-America choice was 3 for eight in the first half, including one of 5 from beyond the arc. Hield came into the game shooting 46.5 % from 3-point range.

"Just playing defensively as a team ... we contained him," Hart said.

Hield kept putting on and off his familiar white sleeve on his right arm. It didn't matter as the Sooners absorbed their worst loss of the season.

The Sooners finished 31.7 % (nineteen of sixty) for the game.

"Just credit them for what they were doing. Made it tough on me throwing multiple bodies at me," said Hield, who'd six points against W Virginia. "They just played terrific tonight."

Hield said Villanova was: "one of the best teams I've ever played in college."

Several Wildcats obtain credit for the grand defense against Hield.

"We were just loading into him," Mikal Bridges said. "We just tried our best to limit his touches and load to him when he'd the ball."

Kris Jenkins added eighteen points for Villanova and Ryan Arcidiacono had 15.

Jordan Woodard led the Sooners with twelve points.

Villanova turned the tables from the teams' December meeting with a 21-4 running in the first half.

The Wildcats made one less 3-pointer in the running than they did in thirty-second attempts in the 78-55 loss at Pearl Harbor. Bridges, Jenkins and Arcidiacono hit the long jumpers for Villanova and Oklahoma, meanwhile, couldn't obtain anything going. The Sooners went 4 one/two minutes without scoring. They committed four turnovers on their first five possessions of the drought

Hart capped the half for Villanova with a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left that made it 42-28.

The Wildcats had as many assists (nine) as OK did turnovers. Villanova shot 66.7 % (eighteen of twenty-seven) while the Sooners were just twelve for twenty-five (forty-eight percent).

"I'm pleased we'd one of those games, we made every shot," Wright said. "Kind of similar to our game in HI against Oklahoma, they made everything, we couldn't make anything.

"We were dialed in. Played great defensively."

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BEAUTIFUL CLOSE

The teams were as near as you can possibly obtain in the final AP poll. Villanova was sixth and OK seventh. Both teams spent time at No. one this season.

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TIP-INS:

Oklahoma: There were only two free throws attempted by both teams in the first half and Spangler missed both... Hield came into the game needing four points to pass Baylor'south LaceDarius Dunn as the Large 12'south all-time leading scorer (2.295).

Villanova: Daniel Ochefu came into the game needing four points for 1.000 in his career. He finished with 10... Bridges had eleven points and Phil Booth added 10.

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UP NEXT

Oklahoma: season over.

Villanova: winner of N Carolina-Syracuse game for national championship.

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