His First Name Isn't Betty, But Tony Crocker Was Cooking Tonight!

Louis WallerContributor IMarch 28, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 14:  Tony Crocker #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners shoots a free throw against the Colorado Buffaloes during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals at Sprint Center on March 14, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim's worst fears came true tonight.  He made the statement before tonight's match up with Oklahoma, "If their guards are hitting three's we are in trouble."  


Oklahoma's Tony Crocker went for a career-high twenty eight points tonight after going scoreless in the second round against Michigan.  Together with guards Austin Johnson and Willie Warren, the Sooner trio went fifty percent from three, hitting nine out of eighteen three's and accounting for half of the Sooner point total.

Blake "The Terminator" Griffin turned in another All-American performance with his NCAA best 29th double double, scoring 30 points with 14 rebounds.  

He had the game highlight when scoring a layup over the Orange's Jonny Flynn who was trying to take the charge.  Unfortunately for Flynn, not only did he not get the call, Griffin scored the layup, Flynn was called for the foul and was injured on the play.

Griffin has 90 points and 44 rebounds in three games in the tournament, the most in NCAA history.

The Sooners are into the Elite Eight to face Tyler Hansbrough and the North Carolina Tarheels.  

Last year's Naismith Player of the Year against Griffin, the odds on favorite to win it this year.  Hansbrough likes to go outside the box more than most, and this will be the key match-up for both teams.  If Hansbrough has success, it may be too much to overcome for the Sooners.

The same can be said for UNC, if Hansbrough can't stay with Griffin on the inside, or gets in foul trouble, the Sooners could be on their way to the Final Four.