NORMAN, Okla. – Three votes. Three votes shocked Sooner fans on Thursday afternoon.
OU senior star Buddy Hield continues to fight for the team’s first national championship after being passed over for a prestigious award.
On Thursday, Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine was named the Associated Press Player of the Year.
OU’s Buddy Hield came in second place, losing by just three votes.
Fans did not take too kindly to the news.
Only explanation for Buddy Hield losing the AP Player of the Year award. pic.twitter.com/nINmQSYCfu
— Joe Buettner (@ByJoeBuettner) March 31, 2016
Dear AP voters, when was deadline to vote for Player of the Year? Just curious. Asking for a friend. #BuddyHield
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) March 31, 2016
Looking at AP Player of the Year voting like … pic.twitter.com/wyswU4fU14
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) March 31, 2016
How in the world did @buddyhield not win AP Player of the Year!? …..
— Brennan Clay (@BrennanClay24) March 31, 2016
This is ridiculous, POTY is supposed to go to the best player. Our man got robbed. Plus who's team is still playing? https://t.co/k0uiq17kur
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) March 31, 2016
Hield will lead the Sooners against Villanova on Saturday in the Final Four.
Tipoff is set for 5:09 p.m.