OU men in the NCAA Tournament: Michigan up next

Oklahoman Modified: March 20, 2009 at 1:11 am •  Published: March 20, 2009
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Common foes
Purdue is the only common opponent Michigan and Oklahoma have faced. The Sooners beat the Boilermakers 87-82 in overtime Nov. 28 in the NIT Season Tipoff final at Madison Square Garden. Michigan split with Purdue, winning at home 87-78 and losing at Purdue 67-49.

Beilein vs. the Sooners
Michigan coach John Beilein says he’s got a lot to learn about Oklahoma and Blake Griffin in the next day. About all Beilein professes to know about the Sooners is his West Virginia team faced OU in the 2005 All-College Classic. The Mountaineers won in a romp, 92-68, and the only Sooners left from that team — Kelvin Sampson’s last season as coach — are Austin Johnson and Taylor Griffin.

"I really don’t know anything about him,” Beilein said of Griffin. "You can bet in the next 12 hours I’ll learn as much as I can learn.”

Inspiration over perspiration?
Beilein passed on a morning shoot-around Thursday in favor of a team tour of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, located in the Sprint Center complex.

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