*Today's officials are Roger Ayers, Ted Valentine and Bryan Kersey. The only official who does Big East games is Kersey. Valentine is a veteran and does not take much lip from the coaches. He used to work Big East games many years ago, but hasn't recently.
*DeJuan Blair could have a big game today. Oklahoma State tallest starter is 6 feet 6. In three games against Oklahoma State this season, Oklahoma's Blake Griffin, the favorite for national player of the year, had 17 and 19; 33 and 14; and 26 and 19. The Sooners won two of those games and lost the other by one point.
*With Syracuse's victory, the Big East has three teams in the Sweet 16. Pitt, Louisville and Marquette can make it, too, later on today. The Big East has had four teams in the Sweet 16 on three previous occasions. The league has never sent five teams to the Sweet 16.