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Berry Tramel: College basketball not the sport it once was

by Berry Tramel Modified: February 17, 2011 at 11:38 am •  Published: February 17, 2011
The Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

On whether college basketball popularity is down from past seasons:

Yes, college basketball attendance has been a decade-long problem. Terrible scheduling, bad calendar, lack of talent, no stars. It's not nearly the sport it was 15-20 years ago. I don't know what can be done to fix it.

On which player will be better in the NFL, OU's DeMarco Murray or OSU's Kendall Hunter:

I'm going to go with DeMarco in the NFL because of the kind of tailback he turned into. A 4-yards-a-carry guy who can catch like the dickens. Murray was really good at getting an extra yard or two after a 2-yard run. And that's what the NFL is all about.

On the Thunder trading for Nuggets big man Nene before the deadline:

Here's what I see with the Nuggets. if they trade Melo, especially for Bynum, the Nuggets would have a surplus of big men. I think they might look at a Green for Nene trade, if they could sign Green. Nene has one year left on his contract, at $11 million, but can opt-out of the contract. So that's all a long shot, but of all the trades people have thrown out, that's the one I like. I love Nene.

Chat Recap: Berry Tramel
by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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