Pick Six: Veterans to watch as NCAA Tournament begins
(AP Photo/Chase Stevens)INDIANAPOLIS – There has never been a better time to have senior leadership in the NCAA Tournament than this season. AdVirginia intends to play after withdrawing from the ACC Tournament because of COVID-19 protocols, which means fans will get to say Sam Hauser running the show. Dru Smith is their leading scorer and Jeremiah Tilmon finally reached his potential this season, and both aim to help Missouri snap a four-game NCAA Tournament skid. Herb Jones is an All-American candidate and Jaden Shackelford is Alabama's leading scorer, but John Petty Jr. makes the SEC Tournament champs go. Then there's Tennessee forward John Fulkerson, who sustained facial fractures in an SEC Tournament win over Florida and underwent surgery Sunday.
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
He scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Cowboys won 79-75. Cunningham’s grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year's NBA draft should be over. He took just four shots in the second half of a win over Iowa State. “I’m not getting paid by any team, I’m not under -- my rights as a player are not under any (NBA) team.
No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma
“Cade just takes the pressure off the rest of us," Oklahoma State guard Bryce Williams said. Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said Monday's scenario was strange. Oklahoma State rallied, and Rondel Walker's 3 finally put Oklahoma State ahead 32-30. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are rising quickly and gaining confidence. Oklahoma State visits No.
Cunningham scores 40, Oklahoma St tops No. 7 Oklahoma in OT
Oklahoma State's freshman star scored 10 of his season-high 40 points in overtime to help the Cowboys defeat No. Now, the Cowboys will try to duplicate the performance — the teams will meet again on Monday at Oklahoma State. Harmon had 14 points at the break for Oklahoma while Cunningham had 13 for the Cowboys. AdA 3-pointer by Harmon pushed the edge to 10 at the start of the second half before Oklahoma State surged. With Oklahoma State up by two, Reaves drove and found Brady Manek for the tying layup with seven seconds to play in regulation.
Reaves lifts No. 12 Oklahoma over No. 14 WVU 91-90 in 2OT
Reaves scored four of his 28 points in the final minute of the second overtime and the Sooners held off No. 14 West Virginia 91-90 on Saturday. West Virginia got it right back on a tie-up during the ensuing inbounds pass. AdAfter the ball went out of bounds again and West Virginia kept possession, McBride lofted a pass underneath the basket to Culver. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said his players were tired after returning late from a win at No.
Harmon scores 18; No. 24 Oklahoma tops No. 9 Alabama
De'Vion Harmon scored 18 points to help No. I thought these guys (Oklahoma), they play hard to begin with, and then when they’re down two starters, they really bought in. “Anytime you can win a game like that is big from a resume standpoint, big from a confidence standpoint, momentum. A pair of free throws by Keon Ellis gave Alabama a 60-59 lead with just under four minutes to play. Alabama could take a significant hit with this loss, especially given the players Oklahoma was missing.