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Greetings from Iowa City

by Jenni Carlson Published: March 21, 2009

The Oklahoma women’s basketball team has arrived in Iowa City.

And so have we!

Yes, “we.” Along on the trip are photographer Steve Sisney and videographer Tim Money. We are here to cover the Sooners opening round game(s) in the NCAA Tournament.

We’ll head to press conferences and open practices later this morning. The Sooners are schedule to be at the press-room podium at 11:20 a.m., then hit the Carver-Hawkeye Arena floor at noon. They’ll have an hour-long practice that is open to the public.

It’ll be interesting to see if folks show up.

After all, Iowa has long been a hotbed for girls and women’s basketball. The state was among the pioneers in starting girls basketball in the high schools, and the sport remains strong here. While the hometown Iowa Hawkeyes haven’t been great of late, Iowa State is always good in the Big 12 and Drake has flexed its muscle every now and then.

Also interesting will be the crowds for the games. The Sooners won’t mind too much how many Hawkeye fans are in the stands Sunday for first-round games, but if Iowa wins, it could be an interested set-up come Tuesday. It is sure to be a partisan crowd, though bigger trouble for the Sooners might be if Georgia Tech, the No. 9 seed, beats Iowa, the No. 8 seed. The Yellowjackets are a poor man’s Texas A&M.

And we know how much trouble Texas A&M has given OU.

Stay tuned for more from Iowa City.

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by Jenni Carlson
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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