Thursday, April 2, 2009
Sooners Men Return Home to Norman, 72-60.
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels were, in the end, too much for the Oklahoma Sooners, ending their dream season at the Elite Eight, 72-60.
Ironically, this game was not the Tyler Hansbrough vs. Blake Griffin match-up that everyone expected it to be. Hansbrough spent the majority of his time in the game on the sideline in foul trouble, and Blake Griffin struggled through double and sometimes triple-teaming from the Tar Heels, stifled.
This limited the Sooners to attempting to attain their points through perimeter shots and three-pointers, which the they could very rarely accomplish throughout the game. They were forced to try to physically power their way down the center, past the UNC defenders, and punch it in. Even then, they struggled to put up the points.
It was truly a team effort on both fronts. This game was not Hanbrough vs. Griffin, it was North Carolina vs. Oklahoma, Tar Heels vs. Sooners, and it was the players decked out in white and blue that hoisted the south regional trophy over them when the clock read zero.
But we cannot downplay Blake Griffin's performance. The sophomore scored 23 points and brought down 16 rebounds, doing everything he could to push his team onward to no avail.
So it is the Tar Heels that advance to the Final Four for the second year in a row.