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NIT Championship Game Thread – OU vs. Purdue

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Tip Time: 3:00

Location: Madison Square GardenNew York City

TV:  ESPN 2

Radio: KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City, KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa

 

I’m pretty nervous about this game. So far the Big 12 hasn’t stacked up well against Top 10 opponents. Texas lost to Notre Game and OSU went down to Gonzaga just last night. Now its Oklahoma’s turn to take on a Top 10 opponent in Purdue with the NIT championship on the line. Could be fun because no one has yet to provide an answer for Blake Griffin.

 

I’d like to see better perimeter play from the Sooners on both offense and defense because that has been a bit of a struggle when they face a zone. They also have a tendency of getting sucked in on defense and when teams move the ball well they find open shots from the perimeter. I’m also curious to see if Cade Davis gets the start today.   

 Purdue's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
4
 Robbie Hummel
6-8
210
Sr.
 15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 50.0 3FG%
F
25
 JuJuan Johnson
6-5
205
Sr.
 10.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg
G
3
 Chris Kramer
5-8
185
So.
 5.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
G
5
 Keaton Grant
6-2
200
Sr.
 8.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg
G
33
 E'Twaun Moore
6-5
205
Sr.
 15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.8 apg

 Oklahoma's Projected Starters
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 2008-09 Stats
F
23
 Blake Griffin
6-10
251
So.
 27.2 ppg, 18.8 rpg, 75.4 FG%
F
32
 Taylor Griffin
6-7
238
Sr.
 10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 68.0 FG%
G
5
 Tony Crocker
6-6
206
Jr.
 7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
G
13
 Willie Warren
6-4
207
Fr.
 13.4 ppg, 2.2 apg, 46.2 FG%
G
20
 Austin Johnson
6-3
176
Sr.
 6.0 ppg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 bpg