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Berry Tramel: The Big 12 is wide open next season

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
by Berry Tramel Modified: January 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm •  Published: January 20, 2012
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The Oklahoman's 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 NewsOK.com/sports.

On how the Big 12 looks next year:

The Big 12 looks wide open to me. I think the Sooners are the likely favorites, but it's tight with West Virginia and K-State and TCU. I don't think you can count out OSU, because the last time the Cowboys went looking for a quarterback, they produced the greatest in school history. And Texas will be really good on defense. I can see the Big 12 champ going 7-2 in conference next season.

On the Thunder’s chances again New Jersey:

Well, I assume the Thunder will beat the Netropolitans. Of course, the Thunder should have defeated the Wizards, too. Maybe the Washington debacle will sober up the Thunder. Make them focus on every game. As for re-signing Harden and Ibaka, I think it's possible. The extra $3.2 million they saved by signing Westbrook to a max contract now without the possible Derrick Rose increase will help. Harden will cost a bunch. I don't think Ibaka will cost a ton.

On the chance that OU will play three games in Dallas next year: Texas, TCU, and Baylor:

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by Berry Tramel
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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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