The Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson 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 long it will take new coach Lon Kruger to turn around the OU program: I don't see the Sooners as an NCAA Tournament team next year, though with the expanded tournament format, we saw this year how many marginal teams get in. So, I guess there's a chance they could sneak in there. But in reality, I suspect it'll be a couple years before OU is an NCAA Tournament team again. Then, I could see in three or four years the Sooners becoming a Sweet 16 or Elite Eight type of contender. There's a pretty salty class of sophomores right now in the state of Oklahoma. Kruger and Co. have a chance to get in on them and build that way. They'll be college freshman in 2013-14. Maybe that's when the big turn happens. On last night's NCAA Championship game between Connecticut and Butler: I was surprised both teams didn't play better offensively, but muddying the game was Butler's best hopes of hanging with a more athletic and bigger UConn team. The Bulldogs just didn't shoot as well as they needed to. The thing I hate, though, is Jim Calhoun winning. It's been shown that he's cheated, yet there he is coaching the championship game. Why does a guy like Dez Bryant get his college career ended by the NCAA for lying (not cheating) while Calhoun gets his punishment deferred? I don't get it. On the possibility of OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale ever leaving for another job: It's difficult to think about her coaching any other program. She's a made woman at OU. She can stay there as long as she wants, near as I can see. And as you say, she's made OU into a pretty darn good job. It's the kind of spot coaches would want to be. I think she'd have to get an offer like UConn or Tennessee or somewhere like that to even think about leaving, and those are the kind of jobs that rarely come along. On the tougher first round opponent for the Thunder -- Portland or Denver: I used to think Portland was the answer. Man, is that a deep team or what? Look at the guys they bring off the bench. And if Brandon Roy ever got healthy, well, look out. But now with the way Denver is playing, the Nuggets are scary to everyone. It's hard to understand how they've played better since trading away Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. How does that happen? I'm not sure, but if I'm the Thunder or any team, I'm scared of the Nuggets right now.