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Josh Hart went for 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists as Villanova destroyed Oklahoma, 95-51, in the national semifinals. (Bob Donnan)
Josh Hart went for 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists as Villanova destroyed Oklahoma, 95-51, in the national semifinals. (Bob Donnan)

HOUSTON -- The Villanova Wildcats cruised into their first NCAA championship game since 1985 in record fashion.

Josh Hart went for a game-high 23 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists and six players reached double-figures in scoring as the Big East regular season champion Wildcats destroyed Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, 95-51, before an NRG Stadium crowd of 75,505 -- including including former President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden.

It was the largest margin of victory ever in a Final Four game. The game was so lopsided Villanova coach Jay Wright put three walk-ons in for the final minutes.

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HOUSTON -- Oscar Robertson compared Buddy Hield to Steph Curry -- and he wasn't being ironic.

"He has confidence in getting his shot away," Robertson said here Friday as he presented Hield with the Oscar Roberton Player of the Year Award. "I don't think any of these players can guard him. Just like Steph Curry, they can't guard him. They can't guard Buddy, either. Plus he can go inside and he can rebound. It means a lot also other than being a shot, he's a great basketball player."

The 6-foot-4 Hield had lost the AP Player of the Year award by 3 votes on Thursday to Michigan State's Denzel Valentine.

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HOUSTON -- The phrase "It's Better in the Bahamas" may soon apply to more than just turquoise waters and powdery beaches.

It may cover basketball players as well.

The way Buddy Hield tells it, the island is rich with young hoopers who just need a chance to showcase their talents.

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Amid Oklahoma's run to its first Final Four since 2002, Buddy Hield continues to see his NBA Draft stock rise.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard chimes in at No. 7 on the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016.

One NBA executive told SNY.tv that Hield is a Top-5 pick.

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Feb 2, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots a three pointer against Tennessee Volunteers guard Devon Baulkman (34) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)
Feb 2, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots a three pointer against Tennessee Volunteers guard Devon Baulkman (34) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)

Here are the USA Today All-American teams announced Monday:

2016 USA Today All-Americans

First Team

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Second Team

Grayson Allen, Duke

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Perry Ellis, Kansas

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Jamal Murray, Kentucky

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Here are the All-Big 12 awards, highlighted by National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield as Player of the Year.

 

AWARD RECIPIENT
Player of the Year Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Coach of the Year Tubby Smith, Texas Tech
Defensive Player of the Year Prince Ibeh, Texas
Sixth man Award Jaysean Paige, West Virginia**
Newcomer of the Year Deonte Burton, Iowa State**
Freshman of the Year Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
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 (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
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Buddy Hield may be the favorite for National Player of the Year honors, but don't try telling that to Ben Simmons.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons is picking himself as the top player in the nation.

"Oh myself, I'm not going to pick anybody over me but there's a lot of great players out there," Simmons told ESPN's Andy Katz after he dropped 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in LSU's 94-83 loss to South Carolina.

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The Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 was announced on Wednesday.

The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield the favorite for National Player of the Year honors. Simmons is the only freshmen named to the list.

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy's. The men's and women's Wooden All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, as well as the 2016 Legends of Coaching Award, which will be presented to Tubby Smith, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Texas Tech. The event will take place the weekend of April 7-9, 2016.

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Feb 2, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield (24) reacts after a made three point shot against the TCU Horned Frogs during the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Feb 2, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield (24) reacts after a made three point shot against the TCU Horned Frogs during the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

Oklahoma is now the favorite to win the NCAA Championship and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield is the favorite to win Player of the Year honors.

 

Odds to win the 2015-16 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

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If the NCAA Tournament began today, Ben Simmons and LSU would be in, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
If the NCAA Tournament began today, Ben Simmons and LSU would be in, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

Two of the top players in college basketball will meet on Saturday when Ben Simmons and LSU host Buddy Hield and No. 1 Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons is a freshman who appears to be a virtual lock as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, while the 6-4 Hield is a senior who remains the favorite for National Player of the Year honors.

Both players were born outside the United States, with Simmons coming from Australia and Hield from the Bahamas.

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Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 was announced on Wednesday.

The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine, another serious contender for Player of the Year honors, is also on the list. Simmons and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray were the only freshmen named to the list.

Five players not on the Preseason Top 50 were named to the Midseason Top 25: Ryan Anderson of Arizona, Kay Felder of Oakland, Damion Lee of Louisville, Wayne Selden, Jr. of Kansas, and Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa. The list includes colleges who have two players chosen: Gonzaga (Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer), Kansas (Perry Ellis and Selden, Jr.), Kentucky (Murray and Tyler Ulis), and North Carolina (Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige).

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Throughout its "Big Monday" doubleheader, ESPN did its best to hype LSU freshman Ben Simmons, calling him the "Best Player in the Country" on a pop-up ad that appeared throughout the night.

ESPN followed that up on Tuesday morning with an in-depth profile on SportsCenter of Simmons and his path from Australia to LSU, where he may or may not be showcased in the NCAA Tournament.

"Here's a kid that can play all five spots offensively and defensively," Kevin Goojian, who coached Simmons in Australia, told ESPN. "He's by far the best player this country's ever produced."

Tags: Ben Simmons, Brice Johnson, Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn
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