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Ryan Spangler gives Oklahoma an inside presence in run to Final Four

Ryan Spangler gives Oklahoma an inside presence in run to Final Four

It's easy to overlook Ryan Spangler amid Oklahoma's hail of three-point shots, but if you've ever banged bodies with the Sooners power forward under the basket, he probably left a mark. One that was black and blue.

"He relishes being a tough guy," Oklahoma assistant coach Steve Henson said of Spangler, a 6-foot-8, 234-pound senior who helped the Sooners win last week's NCAA West Regional in Anaheim to advance to Saturday's Final Four against Villanova.

"We're not the most physical team in the country. We're not a big, bulky, strong, bang-'em-up team. We run-and-gun and shoot a lot of threes. But Ryan loves being the enforcer, lining up and battling guys in the...

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