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OU notebook: Sweep should boost Sooners’ regional host hopes

Oklahoman Published: May 18, 2009
The Sooners’ series sweep of Texas A&M should go a long way toward securing a regional host bid at Mitchell Park.

The two teams were believed to possibly be battling for the same host role, as two of the Big 12’s best clubs and clubs holding similar Top 20 RPIs.

Before the series began, OU coach Sunny Golloway preferred his team’s position in one regard: road wins. While A&M had played just 13 road games, the Sooners won 14.

"To go out and prove it all year, home and away, that says this is a quality club,” Golloway said.

The weekend confirmed it.

Now it’s up to the NCAA selection committee to reward the Big 12 for a solid season with multiple host sites. League champion Texas is a lock, with OU, A&M and Missouri also likely in the mix.

As it did in 2006, OU bid Mitchell Park for its regional site. The school has bid and received Regionals for AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in the past, but it now prefers to play postseason games on campus.

Sporting News veteran college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy recently gauged the winners and losers among teams with players facing temptations to enter the NBA Draft.

Among the winners, DeCourcy pegged OU at No. 2.

Of course, Juan Pattillo had not yet been kicked off the team.

He wrote: "For the second straight year, the Sooners held on to their most important asset. This time, it was guard Willie Warren, who should be a 20-point scorer.”

The bad news: Kansas, which returns Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, was No. 1.


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