Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sooners ward off Wolverines for a trip to the Sweet 16

The Oklahoma Sooners outlasted Michigan Sunday night defeating the 10th seeded Wolverines (73-63) and secure a bid to the Sweet 16.

Michigan came out firing early and at the half Oklahoma led by just one point (30-29).

The Sooners got it rolling late in the second half and put Michigan away easily by the end of the game. Blake Griffin led with 33 points, 17 rebounds, and three assists.

"It got real physical out there today but our guys worked hard and came out with a win," Griffin said. Blake also played an important role in calming older brother Taylor Griffin down when the game got heated. "Yeah I just talked him down and the Michigan bench ended up getting the foul."

Oklahoma will move on to play the winner of (6)Arizona State and (3)Syracuse in Memphis for the Regional Sweet 16.

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