Men's Big 12 Basketball Notebook: No street-crossing

Oklahoman Modified: October 24, 2008 at 10:50 am •  Published: October 24, 2008
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The Big 12 Tournaments will be held in the Ford Center from March 11-14 (men) and in the Cox Center from March 12-15 (women).

What if the women’s championship game was a Bedlam showdown? Might the women’s title game be moved across the street to the Ford Center, which offers roughly 5,000 more seats?

Big 12 officials said that scenario has been discussed at length, but switching sites "would not be practical."

The move would include a redistribution of tickets, moving television trucks and equipment to the other arena, and possible installation of a different court, because the women’s 3-point line is not the same as the men’s.

Film star
OU’s Blake Griffin worked in front of the cameras and behind one, too, at the Big 12 Media Days.

As part of a "day in the life” project for ESPN.com, Griffin has been toting a handheld video recorder since last Friday. "A video diary,” Griffin called it.

"I’ve filmed in the locker room, training room, guys getting taped, all that stuff,” Griffin said. "I took it to the football game on the sidelines. Went up in the stands, filmed some people. Some stuff around our apartment. And here.

"I interviewed a few people. Some of the girls basketball players. Guys on our team. And I got a couple of the football players at the cafeteria the other day. It’s been cool.”

3-Point change
The men’s 3-point line has been moved back a foot, to 20 feet, nine inches. Kansas coach Bill Self and Texas coach Rick Barnes view the change differently.

Self didn’t think the switch would dramatically affect the game. Then he took his team to Canada for exhibitions and changed his mind.

"I think you’re gonna see a lot of bad shots taken, especially early in the season,” Self said. "A lot of two-and-a-half pointers in that space between the old three and the new three, which is probably about as bad a shot as you can take, from a percentage standpoint.”

Barnes said he planned for the change to be a factor. Maybe even use more zone defense.

"But after being in practice, I’m not sure if it’s going to be that big a factor,” Barnes said.

No Michael Beasley
Kansas State has lost Michael Beasley and Bill Walker to the NBA. Wildcat coach Frank Martin was first to meet with the media Thursday, at 8 a.


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