- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

SCOREBOARD

PLAYING HURT (SIDEWAYS)

Dominic James comes back from broken foot but is ineffective in loss

DRAMA (SIDEWAYS)

Late games make up for lack of excitement earlier in the day

PAC-10 (DOWN)

Did anyone expect Arizona - not Arizona State - to be only Pac-10 team in Sweet 16?

BY THE NUMBERS

28.6 percent shooting from the field for Wisconsin in a 60-49 loss to Xavier. The Badgers shot 3-for-20 (15 percent) on 3-pointers and lost by double-digits despite holding the Musketeers to 39.1 percent shooting.

10 3-pointers made in the first half by Oklahoma State. The Cowboys made only two after halftime in falling to top-seeded Pittsburgh. Oklahoma State led with just under four minutes remaining but couldn’t hold off the Panthers.

QUOTABLE

”I’ve been blocking shots since I was a little kid. I was 6-foot in fifth grade. I had a little height advantage or what have you. That’s the one thing I try to do if guys get beat. I just try to go up there and block ‘em.”

- Kansas’ Cole Aldrich on his career-high 10 blocks

ALDRICH JOINS ELITE

PlayerTeamYear

Gary GrantMichigan1987

Shaquille O’NealLSU1992

David CainSt. John’s1993

Andre MillerUtah1998

Dwyane WadeMarquette2003

Cole AldrichKansas2009

* The unofficial list includes eight triple-doubles, including three by Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson and two by Michigan State’s Magic Johnson.

DID YOU KNOW?

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got the 799th win of his career with Sunday’s 78-67 win against Arizona State. He moved into a tie with former Louisville coach Denny Crum for seventh in all-time NCAA tournament coaching wins with 42.

THE SUN SETS

CategoryReg. seasonNCAA

Points20.49.5

Field goal pct.49.516.6

3-point pct.36.712.5

Rebounds5.66.5

Assists4.26.0

SWEET 16 GAME TO WATCH

Oklahoma vs. Syracuse, South Region, Friday:

Likely national player of the year Blake Griffin has dominated the first two rounds for Oklahoma, averaging 30.5 points and 15.0 rebounds a game. He will face a pair of big men in Syracuse’s Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku who don’t score much but provide a tougher challenge inside than Griffin faced against either Morgan State or Michigan. Meanwhile, Oklahoma freshman guard Willie Warren will have his hands full with Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn, who has carried over his strong play from the Big East tournament.

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