Buddy Hield is the best thing that’s happened to the Oklahoma Sooners basketball program since Blake Griffin. Friday, his quest to deliver what Griffin could not — a national championship — begins.

The Sooners are a popular Final Four pick and Hield is a strong contender for Naismith Player of the Year, but No. 2 seed Oklahoma will have to take a step forward from the team that lost to West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference Tournament and to Kansas twice in the regular season should it have a legitimate title chance. Either way, step one is taking care of business against No. 15 seed CSU Bakersfield.

That quest begins Friday and can be seen on CBS or online via NCAA.com. Here’s how to watch the game online:

When: Friday, March 18 at 4 p.m. ET
Watch: NCAA March Madness Live

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