Bedlam basketball notebook: Bob Barry Sr. honored

by Michael Baldwin and John Helsley Modified: March 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm •  Published: March 5, 2011

Longtime Oklahoma radio play-by-play voice Bob Barry Sr. was honored at halftime of Saturday's game. Athletic director Joe Castiglione presented Barry with a framed No. 1 jersey that included a plaque.

"What do you get when you cross a four-leaf clover with poison ivy?" Barry asked the crowd. "A rash of good luck."

Barry, 80, was behind the microphone for OU games from 1961-72 and again from 1991 through this season. In between, he handled play-by-play for Tulsa basketball and was a long-time play-by-play voice for Oklahoma State.

He announced last fall this would be his final season. His 50-year radio career will end when the Sooners play their final game, most likely this week at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.


Oklahoma State (18-12) will be seeded ninth at Big 12 tournament and play Nebraska Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Oklahoma (13-17) will be seeded 10th and play Baylor in the opening round Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Sooners won the tiebreaker with Texas Tech because of OU's win over Colorado.

In other first-round matchups, No. 5 seed Colorado will play Iowa State and No. 6 seed Missouri will play Texas Tech.


After OSU consistently scored inside on drives to the basket in the first half, OU coach Jeff Capel went almost exclusively with a zone in the second half.

“In the first half they were just putting their head down, driving and we were fouling,” Capel said. “It was reminiscent of the first time we played them... We just wanted to try to make them take contested shots and keep them out of the paint, play without fouling them.”

All but one of OSU's 12 first-half field goals were scored at or near the rim.

“We got to the hole very easily,” said Markel Brown. “Guys weren't helping out, weren't switching right. But the second half, they picked it up, kind of knew what we were doing and stopped us.”

After OU switched to a zone, it frustrated the Cowboys.

“We were attacking their man-to-man really well, the way we wanted to,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “Then the zone… We just don't shoot the ball very well. That hurt a little bit. And we were missing a lot of little chippies we should have been putting in.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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