Insider Intel: Lawson is X Factor in Hansbrough-Griffin showdown

Free throws, guarding lane are keys for Sooners

Originally Published: March 28, 2009
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider

Entering Friday night's semifinal in the South, both the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Oklahoma Sooners shared the same statistical shortcoming -- defense. But after outscoring their Sweet 16 opponents by a combined 34 points in Memphis, those red flags have given way to green, as two of the most potent offensive powers in the country prepare for what promises to be a high-octane track meet Sunday.