Cal State Bakersfield worried about Hield, Oklahoma offense
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Cal State Bakersfield will have its hands full trying to slow down Buddy Hield and No. 2 seed Oklahoma in their NCAA Tournament opener on Friday.
Hield is among the short list of favorites for National Player of the Year. The senior guard averages 25 points per game and has scored at least 30 points 10 times this season.
Bakersfield coach Rod Barnes is concerned about Oklahoma's other weapons, too. Ryan Spangler, Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard each average at least 10 points per game. Oklahoma (25-7) averages 80.4 points and shoots 45.9 percent from the field, including 42.6 percent from 3-point range.
Bakersfield (24-8), the Western Athletic Conference tournament champion, prides itself on its defense. The Roadrunners have held opponents to 63.2 points per game and 39.1 percent shooting.