Sooners Stumble in Second Round

The second round of the NCAA Tournament proved unkind to Oklahoma on Sunday as the Sooners were rocked by Louisville, putting an end to their season in a rough way.

Louisville had just two players reach double figures and was only 5-of-15 from the free throw line.

If you'd have known that entering Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round game pitting the Cardinals against Oklahoma, you would probably have liked the Sooners' chances.

Instead, at seven Cardinals scored at least seven points and free throws meant nothing as third-seeded Louisville thumped Oklahoma 78-48 at the BJCC in Birmingham, Ala.

Oklahoma's season ends with a 23-12 mark.

The Cardinals shot 59.3 percent overall and were 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from 3-point range to cruise into the Sweet 16.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, had no answer for the Cardinals' pressure defense and managed to shoot just 31.9 percent (15-of-47). David Godbold, in his final game, made three early 3-pointers to give Oklahoma a 9-7 lead.

The senior capped a superb two-game run at the NCAA Tournament by finishing 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and scoring a game-high 15 points.

The rest of the team, however, was just 1-of-11 from downtown and Oklahoma's early lead was short-lived. Louisville used an 11-2 run to take an 18-11 lead, then held Oklahoma scoreless for nearly 4:00 later in the half in a 14-0 run.

By halftime, Godbold's treys were a distant memory as Louisville had doubled up the Sooners, 44-22.

The second half was more of the same as Oklahoma's offense never got untracked against the Cardinals' pressure.

Louisville (26-8), which plays Tennessee in the round of 16, got 14 points from Earl Clark and 12 from Jerry Smith.

Taylor Griffin was the only Sooner able to join Godbold in double digits with 11 points.

Blake Griffin was held to just six field-goal attempts. He finished with eight points and a team-high seven boards.

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