Oklahoma basketball: Fans can send off the Sooners on Wednesday

OU men leave for Philadelphia at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Fans may gather at Lloyd Noble Center to say goodbye.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 19, 2013

On Wednesday, Oklahoma will depart for its first NCAA Tournament since Blake Griffin was the star in Norman.

The Sooners will leave for the airport at 12:45 p.m. to fly to Philadelphia, where they face San Diego State on Friday night.

Fans can send off the Sooners by gathering at the Lloyd Noble Center's south ramp, which is located between the two practice gyms, on Wednesday.

No. 10 seed OU takes on No. 7 seed San Diego State at approximately 8:20 p.m. Friday, with the game televised on TBS.

If the Sooners beat the Aztecs, Oklahoma will face the winner of the Georgetown-Florida Gulf Coast game on Sunday.

OU CAN'T RELY JUST ON OSBY

Sooner senior Sam Grooms wants to be more aggressive in postseason play. He said he didn't think he was aggressive at all the last two games — when Oklahoma lost to TCU and Iowa State, respectively.

“I need to try to get in the paint and create some habits for those guys to get easier shots,” Grooms said. “I kind of force them to create their own shots, and after a while that gets tiring. We wore (Romero Osby) out in the Iowa State game. He had to create every shot, and I didn't do much to let him get open shots. I've got to be as aggressive as I can.”

What Grooms is referring to is the fact that Osby didn't make a shot in the final nine minutes against the Cyclones. It was something that left him frustrated, he said, for the entire ride back from Kansas City — and Grooms knows it.

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