While the game itself will be played out on a basketball court in Philadelphia, a look at the stats may help us sum up how these two teams compare to one another.
|NCAA Tourney Record||2-8||35-26|
|NCAA Tourney Appearances||8||26|
|Points Per Game||69.2||71.1|
|Rebounds Per Game||36.8||36.7|
|Assists Per Game||12.3||12.4|
|Field Goal Percentage||43%||43%|
So...on paper it looks like Oklahoma may be involved in a intersquad game as these two teams basically mirror one another on the court. Outside of their individual NCAA Tournament histories, Oklahoma and San Diego State could be identical twins. Even a closer look at the individual statistical leaders for each team gets a bit eerie.
Jamaal Franklin and Romero Osby are San Diego State and Oklahoma's leading scorers. Franklin averages 16.7 points per game and Osby 15.8. Osby is a forward and Franklin a guard but don't look too much into that. At 6-5/205, he is more than capable of playing (and scoring) both inside and out. Coincidentally both Franklin (9.5) and Osby (7.0) are the team leaders in rebounds per game as well.The two opposing leaders appear to balance each other out which means that the second and third options are going to need to be factors to lead their team's into the second round. For San Diego State that means guards Chase Tapley (13.5 ppg) and Xavier Thames (9.8 ppg) could be the unsung heroes. For the Sooners its Steven Pledger (11.8) and Amath M'Baye (10.1 ppg) who could have their shining moment.