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Oklahoma basketball notebook: OU's Romero Osby holding onto the memories

Romero Osby's father suggested his son come up with a few keepsakes from the Sooners' season.
by Jenni Carlson Published: March 21, 2013

Senior forward Romero Osby went through his first round of NCAA Tournament interviews as a Sooner on Thursday.

Osby and his teammates answered questions about their expectations and thoughts on their game against San Diego State that tips at 8:20 p.m. Friday.

As Osby got up from the interview, he attempted to take the name placard that identified him to the media.

“My dad is always like, ‘Don't miss out on these memories. If you've got a chance to grab something with your name on it or your picture on it, grab it because these are memories you'll be able to put in your memorabilia when you get older,'” Osby said. “So, that's the first thing I thought about when I saw my tag.”

He took one from the Big 12 Championships, too. But he'll have to wait on his one from the NCAA Tournament.

“They said we can get it after the weekend is over,” Osby said. “So I'll grab it Sunday.”

EXPECTATION OF SAN DIEGO STATE'S FAN BASE RAISED

When San Diego State coach Steve Fisher first started with the Aztecs 14 years ago, few fans came to San Diego State's games.

Now, after four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the expectations of SDSU's fans have risen.

“We at San Diego State have not had a long history of being here, so the first time we came, people were overjoyed because we made the NCAA Tournament,” Fisher said Thursday. “And then expectations raise for everybody. We won our firstever NCAA game two years ago, and we got to the Sweet 16, and I was very, very proud of every team we've had. That team was good enough to win a national championship.

“From 10 years ago to say that about San Diego State, people would laugh at you. ... So now when you win a game, everybody thinks it's a divine right to be there and you're supposed to win a game. So expectations are high, and now they're high with our fan base, and I think that's the way it should be.”

OU-MIZZOU SERIES COMING?

Could the Sooners find themselves facing an old Big 12 foe again soon?

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione, who is in Lexington, Ky., as part of his duties as an NCAA Tournament Selection Committee member, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Vahe Gregorian that Oklahoma and Missouri have had discussions about a home-and-home basketball series.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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