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OU basketball notebook: Take that, President Obama

Modified: March 20, 2009 at 2:05 am •  Published: March 20, 2009
Take that, President Obama
OU coach Jeff Capel used nine players in the first eight minutes of the game, a day after President Obama said on ESPN that the Sooners went only seven deep and would get worn down.

"I’m confident in our bench,” Capel said.

CAPEL NAMED FINALIST
Capel has been named one of four finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. Pitt’s Jamie Dixon, LSU’s Trent Johnson and Kansas’ Bill Self joined Capel as finalists.

SOMEONE LIKES OU
Most bracketologists aren’t picking the Sooners to reach the Final Four, but OU received at least one endorsement.

"I was watching ESPN,” Blake Griffin said. Actor "Samuel L. Jackson picked us in the championship game. That gave us a lot of confidence. Sometimes people are right and sometimes people are wrong.”

JOHNSON INJURED AGAIN
OU point guard Austin Johnson re-aggravated a shoulder injury in the first half but returned to start the second half and played 27 minutes total. Sooner officials said they expect Johnson to be OK. Johnson finished with seven points and five assists.

LIFE ON THE STREET
Morgan State has five players from Baltimore proper and four starters from the Baltimore metro.

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