MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Oklahoma basketball player Joe Holladay (1967-69) explained his alma mater’s 72-60 loss to North Carolina in the South Regional finals in very simple terms.
"It just came down to outside shooting,” said Holladay, an assistant coach with the Tar Heels. "We had some and (OU) had none. It happens that way sometimes.” Sooners sophomore forward Blake Griffin shot 9 of 12 from the field, but OU guards combined to shoot 9 of 31 (29.0 percent). The Sooners missed their first 15 3-pointers and finished 2 of 19 (10.5 percent) beyond the arc. UNC countered with 51.0-percent shooting from the field and 5 of 14 from 3-point range (35.7 percent). A former head coach at Jenks High School for 13 years, Holladay has been an assistant under coach Roy Williams at Kansas and North Carolina since 1993. Holladay said Griffin was everything the Tar Heels envisioned, finishing with 23 points and 16 rebounds. "He’s a load,” Williams said of the 6-foot-10, 252-pound Griffin. "In person, when you’re sitting on that bench, it even looks more awesome than it does when I’m watching it on TV.” The Sooners’ one-man show was about four men short of sticking close to the top-seeded Tar Heels.