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  • Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m.

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Friday was a chill day in Syracuse. And I don’t mean weather wise. Chill would be a little too tropical to describe the weather in Syracuse. Saturday morning about 2 a.m. Eastern time, we walked out of the Carrier Dome and waited for the media shuttle. It was 23 degrees. A variety of Syracuse...

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Mateen Cleaves talks Eduardo Najera

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about the famed Mateen Cleaves-Eduardo Najera collision in 1999. It was a symbol of the hard-nosed basketball played by Michigan State and the Sooners. You can read that column here. I had some insights left over, that didn’t make the column, that I thought I...

  • Syracuse travelblog: Barbeque in upstate New York

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    No Halls of Fame on Thursday. There was an arena to get to. After driving all over the Great Lakes region for three straight days, writing in the car and touring Halls of Fame, we were stationary Thursday. All day in Syracuse. If you’re not from Syracuse, Syracuse means only a few things. Cold...

  • Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    One national title, six Final Fours and a dozen Sweet 16’s since 1999, Michigan State’s reputation remains unassailed. Not always the best team on the bracket, but usually the toughest.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners

    By Ryan Aber and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma athletic director and tournament selection committee member Joe Castiglione was scheduled to be in Houston for the second weekend of the tournament. That’s where the Final Four will be held next year when Castiglione is the committee chair. But earlier this week on a conference...

  • Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Michigan State basketball has a rough-and-tumble reputation that is well-deserved. But the Spartans also like to play fast. That makes the OU-Michigan State game Friday night in the Sweet 16 quite interesting. Spartan coach Tom Izzo said OU wants to run and “so do we. So it should be more of a...


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, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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