- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“No pain at all. Zero.” - An encouraged Tiger Woods on his left leg after a second-round loss to Tim Clark at the Match Play Championship

TAKE YOUR PICK: Is the race over for NCAA player of the year?

Yes - Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin dispelled any suspense when he returned to the lineup Saturday after a game-plus absence courtesy of a concussion and dumped 20 points and 19 rebounds on Texas Tech to end the Sooners‘ two-game skid. The 6-foot-10 forward leads the nation in double-doubles (23), is second in rebounding (13.9) and tops in the Big 12 in scoring (21.9 points). If Griffin stays upright for the next two weeks, he’s a lock.

No - Let the record reflect that on Nov. 18 the Sooners edged Davidson 82-78 in Norman but not before Stephen Curry dropped 44 points on Oklahoma to outgun Griffin in a head-to-head battle between the nation’s two best players. Griffin deserves the award, but Curry is a fairly close second, given that he receives little assistance from his teammates.

Our take - Yep, it’s over, but perhaps the most interesting development is what happens with the rest of the All-America team. Will North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough become the first four-timer? He certainly shouldn’t be a first-teamer this season. Barring some drastic final-week swings, the first team is fairly obvious: Griffin, Curry, Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair, Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks and Arizona State’s James Harden. Things get a little hazier with the second group, but we would nominate Hansbrough, Memphis’ Tyreke Evans, Virginia Commonwealth’s Eric Maynor, Marquette’s Jerel McNeal and North Carolina’s Ty Lawson.

TWT FIVE: Best match play records

Statistics include PGA Tour and European Tour match play events and singles results in the Ryder and Presidents Cups since 2000:

Player Record

Geoff Ogilvy18-2 (.800)

Tiger Woods27-9-1 (.743)

Henrik Stenson10-4 (.714)

David Toms22-9 (.710)

Ernie Els25-11 (.694)


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