At certain schools -- particularly in the Midwest and South -- basketball often seems like merely a filler until the spring football game. It can be a challenge for the hoops coach, but some have made it work.
Blake Griffin was swarmed all night against Purdue, and while the Oklahoma big man still had a monster night, it was the Sooners' guards who propelled Oklahoma to victory, writes Dana O'Neil.
Blake Griffin didn't have to return to the college court after his freshman year at Oklahoma, but he did. Now the star forward has the Sooners within reach of a national title, writes Dana O'Neil.