East Region: No. 8 Oklahoma State (22-11) vs. No. 9 Tennessee (21-12)
When: Friday, 12:25 p.m., EDT
Where: University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
1) Bet the over In his first year at Oklahoma State, coach Travis Ford has installed a more up-tempo style of play than the Sutton years of old. This has resulted in the Cowboys averaging 81.1 points per game, tied with Mizzou for tops in the Big 12. The Pokes also finished fourth in the country in made 3-point field goals (308). This style of play was made necessary by the personnel available to coach Ford. The Cowboys start a four guard line up. The lone starting forward, Marshall Moses, stands at a towering 6'5'', and two of the starting guards, Byron Eaton and Keiton Paige, are under 6 foot. This frantic style of play has led to some exciting finishes. This team can erase large deficits if they get hot from 3-point range, or lose large leads if they go cold.
2) Problems with Being No. 1 Building on a Final Four run in 2004 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2005, Oklahoma State signed the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for 2005. The class included: Byron Eaton, Terrel Harris, Gerald Green (entered draft out of high school), Roderick Flemings (avg. 16.6 PPG for Hawaii this year, his fourth school), Kenny Cooper (unexpectedly transferred to La. Tech before fall 2007 semester, where he was suspended in January 2009 for violating team rules), Torre Johnson (dismissed from the team after one year, transferred to Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was kicked off the team after an arrest last season) and Keith Brumbaugh (never played in a game for OSU due to flagged test scores, been in trouble with the law, currently playing for Sioux Falls in the NBA D-League) replaced Green. The class obviously never lived up to the hype and now the only two players left from that class, Eaton and Harris, are making their first NCAA tournament appearance.
3) Fucking Idiot Coach Ford did not make it out of his first year at Oklahoma State without controversy. As his team struggled early in the year the local press took notice of Ford's colorful language. This all came to a head when Ford audibly called Obi Muonelo a "fucking idiot" during a nationally televised game against Kansas. This started the debate of whether or not Ford had lost control of the team. However, after taking a drubbing from Texas in their next game, Ford showed his support in Muonelo by replacing him in the starting line-up with Freshman Keiton Paige. After this change the Cowboys went on a six game winning streak and finished the season winning eight of 10. If only I responded as well after being called a fucking idiot my father would be a happier man. – Joey_Graham_is_my_co-pilot and Little Lebowski Urban Achiever
1) He puts Candace Parker to shame While the blogosphere has been blowing up over ESPN The Magazine's cover story that discussed Parker's "C cups", it should be noted that she probably didn't have the biggest breasts out of the basketball players at Tennessee at the time. That "honor" would go to Brian Williams, who is now listed at a svelte 6'10" 267 lbs, but back in high school he weighed close to 400 lbs. He was able to drop over 100 pounds after getting off the Michael Phelps diet minus all the needless exercise.
2) Baller Vol Freshman Renaldo Woolridge is not only the son of former Notre Dame All-American Orlando Woolridge. He is also an aspiring rapper. Or at least he was until he decided to pose on his MySpace rapping page wearing a Tennessee uniform, which would be an NCAA violation. He has since taken down the image, but if you hear someone beatboxing in the Vols locker room you know who it might be.
3) Supersize Me According to McDonald's website, there are 23 McDonald's in Knoxville (for an estimated population of 183,546 residents or a ridiculous 1 for every 7,980 residents), but freshman Scotty Hopson is the Vols first McDonald's All-American since Vincent Yarbrough came to Knoxville in 1998. [Note: This heading probably could have worked for 1) as well.] — Rush The Court