While I would love to see Blake Griffin absolutely destroy Tyler Hansbrough and the Sooners advance to Detroit, I don't think it is going to happen.
This game is being billed as Hansbrough vs. Griffin, but much-hyped games like this one tend to come down to each team's role players and not its stars, though Carolina does have another star that Oklahoma will have a tough time dealing with in Ty Lawson. Lawson now looks 100 percent healthy, and I wish Austin Johnson the best of luck in keeping up with him. When Lawson is rolling, so are the Heels, and boy are they rolling right now.
Wayne Ellington has emerged for the Tar Heels as a go-to shooter, and his production seems to improve every game. Against Gonzaga, for instance, he was 7-13 from the field with 19 points and seven rebounds -- solid numbers.
Danny Green, Ed Davis and Larry Drew II have also stepped up as of late.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, saw Tony Crocker go off for 28 points against Syracuse, but that's because the Orange devoted all of its attention to Griffin, leaving Crocker wide open to shoot threes. Johnson and freshman Willie Warren are good, but are not the same caliber of players as Green and Ellington.
The Tar Heels are more have better players, are more athletic across the board and have role players that will lead Carolina to Detroit.