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50 years later, another Lattin poised to make history

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When Oklahoma takes the floor in Saturday’s Final Four against the Villanova Wildcats, most of the talk will be about Sooner superstar Buddy Hield. Not that Hield hasn’t earned the attention. The unanimous All-American from Freeport, Grand Bahamas averages 25.4 points and converts better than 50 percent of his shots from the field. He is also the team’s second-leading rebounder. Oklahoma has a key player that will not travel far to the site of the Final Four, NRG Stadium in…

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Final Four coaches learned under some of the greats

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The Final Four often brings at least one young head coach to the big stage for the first time. Some recent examples include Brad Stevens, who brought Butler to a surprising appearance in the title game in 2010 at the age of 33. Shaka Smart, also 33, led Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) to the Final Four in 2011. In 2000, Billy Donovan, then only 34, took the Florida Gators to the championship game. This year, all four coaches are seasoned veterans.…

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Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger put Gator basketball on the map

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Lon Kruger and the NCAA Tournament are synonymous. No other coach in Division I history has taken more programs to the NCAA Tournament than the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Only Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith has equaled Kruger’s record of leading five different schools into the tournament. On Saturday, Kruger will lead his Sooners into the national semi-finals against the Villanova Wildcats. It will be Oklahoma’s first appearance since 2002 and fifth overall. Kruger is making his second appearance…

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Jim Boeheim surprised his 10-seed Syracuse crashing Final Four

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim isn’t surprised that No. 2 seeds Oklahoma and Villanova knocked off top seeds to join No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Final Four. He is, however, a bit taken aback that the other team in the field managed to do so. “I’m probably surprised at the other guys — that we’re there,” Boeheim said of his team. “I shouldn’t say that, but I am a little surprised.” Boeheim certainly isn’t the only one surprised that…

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Buddy Hield shows why he’s college basketball’s best

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The Oklahoma Sooners have a good Buddy. Whenever he is needed, the young man in whom they place enormous confidence is always there. Their go-to guy is Buddy Hield, who can do just about anything on a basketball court. He can shoot, rebound or handle the ball; whatever is necessary. Hield is considered the favorite to win the John R. Wooden Award as the player of the year in college basketball. There are other national awards that he may win…

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