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: