And-oneThe Sooners are moving on in the NCAA Tournament to face another team rich in sports history and tradition: Michigan Since losing to OU 14-6 in the 1976 Orange Bowl — leading to Barry Switzer’s second national championship — the Wolverines have been exacting revenge on OU athletics. That’s the only football meeting between the schools, but Michigan is 2-0 vs. the Sooners in men’s hoops, winning 91-80 in the 1988 Maui Classic and 63-52 in the 2004 NIT at Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines also eliminated the OU baseball team from the 1977 Midwest Regional with a 5-2 decision at old Haskell Park in Norman.
Air BallBlake Griffin did very little wrong Thursday night. But there was a moment early in the second half, when he went to the foul line for two shots. The first missed everything — by a good foot. Clearly embarrassed, and getting some ribbing from teammates, Griffin then missed the second.
Dishing ItOU worked the passing lanes, with several Sooners contributing nifty assists leading to dunks and layups. Blake Griffin took alley oop feeds — from brother Taylor, Willie Warren and Austin Johnson — for three dunks in the first half.
Pick and RollThe Big East and Big 12 emerged from Thursday’s opening day as the only major conferences unscathed. The Big 12 led the way at 3-0, while the Big East went 2-0. The others: →ACC: 3-1. →Pac-10: 2-1. →Big Ten: 2-2. →SEC: 1-1.
One and OneThe Sooners finished with 15 assists and 15 turnovers, a strong indicator of sharing the basketball — with teammates and their foe. OU coach Jeff Capel called a time out at one point in the second half after three straight turnovers by his squad. BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL