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by Berry Tramel Modified: March 24, 2009 at 9:59 am •  Published: March 24, 2009
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seed, either. The Yellowjackets, who lead the NCAA in steals, had 10 more against Iowa.

Coale said not to read too much into one game, that Iowa might win a series against Georgia Tech. But the ’Jackets looked like a team woefully underseeded by a committee that might have read too much into the loss of Alex Montgomery, Tech’s leading scorer and rebounder.

Montgomery is Tech’s best outside shooter — she had more than half of Tech’s 3-pointers this season — which means the Sooners won’t give up many points tonight if they rebound. Which they usually do.

But OU doesn’t always take care of the ball. In three games against A&M, including two losses, the Sooners committed 68 turnovers. That’s 23 a game. Do that tonight, and the Paris Era is over.

The Sooners clearly are the better team. They are 28-4, with two losses to a No. 2 NCAA seed (A&M), one loss to a No. 3 (North Carolina) and one loss to a No. 1 (Connecticut). Tech, 22-9, has played its share of heavyweights, too. Five of its defeats are to top-three seeds in the NCAA: UConn, Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Florida State. But the ’Jackets, even with Montgomery, have four other losses.

I disagree with Coale. This is a bad matchup for OU. There won’t be anything easy about reaching the Sweet 16.

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