Sooners Punch Ticket to Elite Eight

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Oklahoma is dangerous enough with Blake Griffin. Give him some help? The Sooners are nearly unstoppable.

Griffin scored 30 points and had 14 rebounds, and Tony Crocker
added a career-high 28 points as the second-seeded Sooners beat
Syracuse 84-71 Friday night and advanced to their first regional
final since 2003.

Oklahoma (30-5) will play either top-seeded North Carolina or
Gonzaga in the South Regional final Sunday looking for their first
Final Four since 2002. The last time the Sooners made it this far,
Syracuse beat them en route to their own national championship.

And all that talk of an All-Big East Final Four?

That's over with now. Syracuse was the league's lone
representative left in the South Region. The Orange (28-10) finally
ran out of the magic that helped them pull off such wins as their
six-overtime marathon over Connecticut in the Big East tournament.