With the college basketball season moving into its homestretch, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla is away from his Dallas home most of the time. But he's not complaining. He loves covering all the hoops.
"I'm in the midst of being home once in 13 days, three days in 20,” Fraschilla said. "I've got a stretch coming up where I have five games and a studio appearance in eight days. But this is my time of the year. It's the reverse of being a grizzly bear. I hibernate in the summer and I come out in the winter.”
Broadcasting the Bedlam game with Ron Franklin and Holly Rowe before a packed house Monday night in Norman will snap Fraschilla out of any work fatigue.
A former head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico, Fraschilla is expecting a tight game as both teams strive to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
"There have been some great Bedlam games through the years decided by one or two plays, and I expect this game to be the same way,” he said. "I think both teams need this game.”
For the Sooners to reach the NCAA Tournament, he said "they must hold their proverbial head above water until Blake comes back. More people will have to step up in Blake's absence.