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Oklahoma basketball pioneer ‘Buddy’ Hudson, 75, passes away

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The name Harold “Buddy” Hudson may not be one that immediately sparks vivid memories amongst older college basketball fans, but the name is a very important one in the history of Oklahoma Basketball.

Tuesday morning Hudson suffered a heart attack and passed away in Kansas City at the age of 75. Hudson is survived by his wife, Elaine, and their two sons.

Hudson and high school teammate Joe Lee Thompson were the first African-American players in the history of the program, with Hudson playing for the Sooners from 1958-60.

Hudson, who according to College Hoopedia averaged 5.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his two seasons at OU, saw his first action as a Sooner in Oklahoma’s 73-64 loss to Texas Tech to begin the 1958-59 campaign.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown:

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk: