Oklahoma Sooners lose by 44 points in the largest semifinal defeat in tournament history

Remarkable season ends in disaster for OU as Sooners fall, 95-51, to Villanova

One of the best senior classes in the history of Oklahoma basketball checked out of Saturday night's game with just less than three minutes to go and disappeared into the bench in Houston. The group that lifted Oklahoma back from the depths of NCAA sanctions and a vacated season was gone, having its last memory in an Oklahoma uniform as a devastating one: A 95-51 loss to Villanova in the Final Four.

Villanova exploded in the first half to give the Sooners, who were making just the fifth Final Four appearance in program history, their largest deficit of the season. The gap grew until the final buzzer.

Villanova shot 71.4 percent from the field, the second-best shooting performance in Final Four history. The 44-point margin of victory was the largest since the tournament began in 1939.

Jordan Woodard led Oklahoma with 12 points. He was the only player in double figures. Buddy Hield, who became the Big 12 Conference's all-time leading scorer during the game, capped his Oklahoma career with just nine points as the Sooners shot 31.7 from the field.


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