Oklahoma's Hield looks forward to final tournament run

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) celebrates with fans after thinking he had scored the winning basket during NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 11, 2016. Replays showed the shot was after time expired. West Virginia defeated Oklahoma 69-67. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield has one last chance to electrify college basketball.

Oklahoma's explosive guard came back for his senior season after considering leaving for the NBA and made the most of it. The Bahamas native ranks second nationally with 25.0 points per game and has the chance to accomplish the goal he set when he chose to return – take the Sooners to the Final Four. Oklahoma opens NCAA Tournament play Friday in Oklahoma City against Cal State Bakersfield.

Hield scored 46 points at Kansas, hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Texas and dropped 39 points against Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament. His halfcourt shot would have beaten West Virginia but was released just late.

Fans can expect to see a confident shooter who can drive and score in transition.