Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) battle for a loose ball during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Eric Gay
April 03, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield has won the James A. Naismith Trophy as the nation's top college player.

The award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club was announced Sunday, a day after Hield was held to nine points in the Sooners' 95-51 loss to Villanova in a national semifinal game.

Villanova coach Jay Wright, whose Wildcats (34-5) play North Carolina on Monday night for the national championship, was named the Naismith coach of the year for the second time. He joined three-time winners John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski as the only coaches to win the award multiple times.

Hield, the two-time Big 12 Player of the Year, averaged 25 points a game. He also won the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and finished a close second to Michigan State's Denzel Valentine for The Associated Press Player of the Year Award.

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