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Final Four bound?: Assessing OU’s chances

Oklahoman Published: March 20, 2009
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Heading into the NCAA tournaments, ESPN analysts Kara Lawson and Fran Fraschilla discussed the chances of the OU men’s and women’s teams reaching the Final Four:

→Lawson on OU women’s team: I think the Sooners have a great chance to make the Final Four. All year long they have been in that next tier of teams after Connecticut. Whitney Hand’s health and how she progresses coming back is a big factor for them because of her ability to spread the floor and knock down the outside shots. I think Danielle Robinson has really, really improved in her sophomore year. I think she has matured as a point guard and is going to be a key player for them. We know what both Courtney (Paris) and Ashley (Paris) can do inside the post. It’s a pretty well balanced team. With Whitney Hand being out, it allowed Sherri Coale to develop their bench a little more.

→Fraschilla on OU men’s team: They lost their mojo after Blake Griffin’s injury. Sometimes when you lose a great player, other people step up so when he returns your team is better. That has not happened with Oklahoma. Their backcourt was much more consistent early in the year. It has to return to the level of play that they had when he was healthy. I think I said this in the Davidson game in early December, Blake is the best player in the country because of his combination of size, strength, agility and quickness. He still has the capability of dominating every game he plays in the tournament. They’re going to need to regain some confidence on the perimeter in order for Oklahoma to make a deep run to the Elite Eight and possibly the Final Four.


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