Slow start for Sooners

March, 29, 2009
03/29/09
5:16
PM ET
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Not a good start for Oklahoma.

The Sooners are behind 7-2 at the first media timeout, and guard Tony Crocker is already on the bench with two personal fouls. Crocker had a career-high 28 points in OU's victory over Syracuse in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.

All-Americans Blake Griffin of OU and Tyler Hansbrough of UNC were matched up against each other on both ends of the floor for the first few possessions. Hansbrough, a senior, got the best of Griffin on the first couple of possessions. Hansbrough beat Griffin for a rebound on the first possession, and Griffin missed his first shot.

Griffin and his brother, Taylor, are doing a nice job defending Hansbrough, though. The four-time All-American hasn't taken a shot in UNC's first six possessions.

Taylor Griffin picked up Hansbrough on defense a couple of trips into the game, and he might stick with him after Blake Griffin picked up a silly personal foul after Ty Lawson stole the ball from him.

Mark Schlabach | email

College Football and Basketball

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