Courtside Blog: OU vs. Morgan State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

10:50 p.m. | Going to sign off for the night to get ready for post-game duties. Just a reminder that you can watch the post-game media conference with players and coaches tonight ... paste the following link ... it's free.

http://www.nmnathletics.com//mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&id=

We'll be back on blogging during Saturday's game with Michigan.

Blake just got ice on his back, but it does not appear to be a serious deal.

10:42 p.m. | Ameer Ali was just ejected from the game for flipping Blake Griffin. Lucky Blake wasn't injured on that one. You'll see the play roughly 500 times in the next two days on TV. It's the second ejection of the night at this site. Clemson's Terrence Oglesby was ejected in the first game of the evening session.

10:26 p.m. | Well we didn't have to wait long to get that starting time. It's 4:50 p.m., Saturday for the winner of this game.

Blake has 24 points, which is two shy of the OU top 10 in NCAA play. The record is 37 by Stacey King vs. Auburn in 1988. There are five who have scored 26, which is the No. 10 spot. Hollis Price was the most recent to do it -- vs. Arizona in 2002.

Blake's 13 boards tie for No. 7 at OU in a tourney game. The record is 17 by Harvey Grant vs. Tulsa in 1987.

Orlando Allen just went in for Blake. Sooners up 53-33.

10:15 p.m. | Gang, we don't know our tip off time yet for Saturday if OU wins. We may know later tonight, but more likely it will be announced before noon on Friday. CBS makes that call. The network will look at all of the games after today and tonight and decide where to plot each game. We've been led to think it's an afternoon start time. Late start tonight was due to length of Clemson-Michigan game. The crowd was still capacity.

10:10 p.m. | Austin Johnson playing through a shoulder strain. It's an aggravation of an old injury. He started the second half. The injury occurred on a hard foul in the first half as he drove to the basket.

Blake reacched a double-double just two minutes into the second half. He's got 22-12.

Sooners have opened second half on a 10-4 run to move to a 50-25 lead.

10:05 p.m. | No halftime entertainment here. The NCAA games are vanilla on that aspect. Good to see Bill Hancock here. The Hobart native and OU grad is the head of PR for the BCS now. His book Riding With the Blue Moth is a great, great read. Andy Katz from ESPN is here too fresh off his visit to the White House.

OK, halftime numbers. Sooners up 40-21. Best number is points in the paint -- OU up 20-12. Scary number is second-chance points -- 8-0 in favor of Morgan State. That will have Capel's attention. OU better on the glass -- 21-15.

Turnovers are troublesome too -- 8 for OU. Morgan State had 6.

Sooners hit 15-of-25 for 60% while the Bears were a chilly 9-of-35 for 25.7. OU just 1-of-6 beyond the arch, but MSU is worse -- 1-of-9.

Blake had a decent half -- 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting with 6 boards in 17 min. Willie Warren had 10 points. Morgan State's top scorer is Marquise Kately with 6.

A lot of the crowd has thinned out. The building was full when we started. Hit me with an email on the link with this page and we'll talk during the second half.

BTW, if OU holds on, tomorrow is a media conference and practice day. The Sooners have been practicing at Rockhurst College. The athletics director there is Richard Konzem. He was a long-time associate athletics director at Kansas and has been a friend to many on the OU staff for years. He and his department have been great hosts for the Sooners.

9:45 p.m. | Grifin to Griffin on the jam -- Taylor to Blake. Trap press is effective. Sooners played a lot of zone this half. One minute left in the half. Back in a bit with first-half stats.

9:28 p.m. | Other OU teams are close to this location too. The women's basketball team is up in Iowa City while the baseball team is in Manhattan, Kan., to start a Big 12 series on Friday. In KC, the Sooners are at the Westin Crown Center, which was their home for many of the old Big Eight Tournaments played here. Yesterday the team went through the College Basketball Experience, a great museum that is attached to the Sprint Center. With the economy, media numbers are down some. Just two of the four television stations from OKC made the trip.

Speaking of media, Jeff Capel had a long visit yesterday with color announcer and fellow former Dukie Mike Gminski during the Sooner practice.

Sooners still not shooting well, but controlling defensive glass. Morgan State knocked off Maryland earier this season. The Bears are coached by Todd Bozeman, who was Jason Kidd's coach at Cal -- but CBS has probably already mentioned that.

Here goes Wilie to the line for three.

9:21 p.m. | Sooners 8-of-13 from the field early with four turnovers. Eight different players have seen action so far.

9:09 p.m. | Only one of the officials on this game looks familiar in terms of OU games this season -- Gerry Pollard works the Big 12 regularly. He also has worked extensively in the Missouri Valley. With a win, the Sooners get Michigan in case you missed the earlier result here. The Wolverines in a mild upset over an athletic Clemson team. Tony Crocker scored his 970th career point tonight so he's bearing down on 1,000.

9:04 p.m. | Full house in the Sprint Center. A lot of Kansas and Missouri fans. Good contingent from Michigan.

8:56 p.m. | Hello Sooner fans -- Kenny Mossman here right behind the OU bench at the first-round game in Kansas City. The NCAA limits us to five posts per half and one at halftime, so we'll communicate as we can. The web service here is very up and down so bear with us.

8:41 p.m. | Have a question or want to share reaction to what unfolds during the game? Mossman will be taking fan emails throughout the game from his spot on press row at the Sprint Center. Email Kenny, then continue to check back to see if your comments make the blog.

8:40 p.m. | Senior Associate A.D. Kenny Mossman will blog live from courtside at the Sprint Center in Kansas City as Oklahoma takes on Morgan State in the first round Thursday. From the opening tip through the final buzzer, the blog will provide instantaneous reaction, observations and notes as the game unfolds.

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