Oklahoma star guard Buddy Hield is on one of four Sports Illustrated covers previewing the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
Hield and the Sooners are the #2 seed in the West Region and will play their first round game in the tournament at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City against Cal State-Bakersfield on Friday at 3:00 pm.
Hield is the first OU basketball player to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated since Blake Griffin in March of 2009.
Griffin graced the cover three times during his Sooner career.
The other three covers are represented by Brice Johnson of North Carolina, Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa, and Breanna Stewart of the Connecticut women’s team.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Hield cover will be delivered to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.