5:50 PM ET, March 21, 2009
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Michigan bumped Blake Griffin around, knocked him to the floor, even bloodied his nose. There were no wrestling takedowns, but the Wolverines still gave it to him pretty good.Nothing worked.Oklahoma's bulldozer of a power forward took the hits and kept rolling, finishing with 33 points and 17 rebounds in a 73-63 victory over Michigan on Saturday night to send the Sooners back into the NCAA's round of 16 for the first time in six years.
Katz: Griffin's dunk sparked OUBlake Griffin had been flipped, popped, prodded and tugged the past two games. So Oklahoma's star took it on himself to spur his Sooner teammates.
• Blake Griffin recorded his NCAA-best 28th double-double (33 points, 17 rebounds) and became the first player since Nick Collison in 2003 to have 30 points and 15 rebounds in a tournament game.
• The Sooners advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.
• Anthony Wright finished with a season-high 14 points in the loss for Michigan.
-- ESPN research
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-56 (.393)||25-51 (.490)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-27 (.370)||6-19 (.316)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-11 (.818)||17-27 (.630)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
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