Four or five years ago you would not have been surprised to read an ESPN Bottom Line: Oklahoma 82, Davidson 44. However, add in Stephen Curry, son of former NBA sharp shooter Dell Curry (arguably one of the top moustaches in the NBA), and you get those 44 points (from him alone) plus some, a career high for the Junior.
Our first Top 25 match up of the early season pitted #14 the Sooners from Oklahoma (3-0) and the #21 Curry Davidson Wildcats (2-1) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats were down as much as 21 points but as we all found out in March, never count out Davidson, NO MATTER WHO THEY PLAY. It took 29 shots for Curry to get his 44 but he did finish a non-super-human 6-15 from behind the arc. Only one other player finished in double figures for the Wildcats, Andrew Lovedale had 10 points.
As for Griffin and his Sooner’s, a lot of power forwards in the Big 12 probably did not get a good night sleep on Tuesday night. Nightmares of Griffin’s groin region flying over their face ambushed their REM sleep. At one point last night Fran Fraschilla (actually) added something to the color commentary of the game, when he compared Blake Griffin to Amare Stoudemire. Griffin led the team in all five major statistical categories…WOW…finishing with 25 points, and a modest 21 rebounds…sarcasm anyone? Also impressive was Sooner freshman Willie Warren, who finished with 20 points.
The Sooner’s looked impressive, and despite the comeback last night, they were able to shut the door on Davidson and take care of business. Don’t write Davidson off yet, last year they suffered an eerily similar loss to North Carolina early in the season by the same margin (4 points), and ended up being the Cinderella of March.
A great game yes, but you can bet it was just the appetizer for what’s to come in Norman. Saturday, undefeated #2 Texas Tech rolls into town trying to hold on to their Big 12 title hopes against the #5 Sooners. This game is definitely on par, in terms of hype, with the USC-Ohio State and any SEC game this season.