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Oklahoman Modified: February 24, 2009 at 1:11 am •  Published: February 24, 2009
From the start
Entering the game, only six of 343 Division I teams had used the same starting lineup all season.

Oklahoma fell from that group when Ryan Wright started in place of Blake Griffin, who was out with a concussion.

During the contest, Griffin was seen plugging his ears when the crowd noise intensified.

He also occasionally shielded his eyes from the lights and gently rubbed his temples.

Seated behind the Kansas bench was Thunder forward/center Nick Collison.

"Heck of a game. It was fun to watch," Collison said.

It was the first time this season Collison has had a chance to see the Jayhawks in person. He admitted he isn’t familiar with much of the KU roster, except for point guard Sherron Collins and center Cole Aldrich, who were key reserves on last year’s national championship team.

"If you’re only going to have two experienced guys coming back, that’s a good place to start — your point guard and your center," Collison said.

Kansas coach Bill Self heavily recruited OU freshman guard Willie Warren and said he wasn’t surprised at his 23-point effort against the Jayhawks.

"He’s the best offensive player we’ve recruited since I’ve been at KU," said Self, who is in his sixth season at Kansas.