Jenni Carlson: Three names to remember to replace Jeff Capel at OU

by Jenni Carlson Modified: March 15, 2011 at 11:40 am •  Published: March 15, 2011

/> On the debut of Thunder center Kendrick Perkins:

He was really, really solid. Remember, this guy has been on the shelf for several weeks, so he was bound to have some rust. Honestly, though, he played better than I thought he might first game back. I think what we saw, too, is that his presence helps everyone else so much. Look at Ibaka. All those blocks. Has he had games before with a bunch of rejections? Sure. But having Perkins in there opens Ibaka up to have even more. Last night was just a taste of what's to come.

On who wins tonight in the first round of the NIT - Oklahoma State or Harvard:

This is a much tougher question than anything related to the OU coaching search! In my mind, OSU is the better team, and if it plays the way it played in KC, it will win tonight. But will the Cowboys play that way? That is the question. I'll say that they will play well, and I'll give OSU the edge. I think they win a close one, 63-58.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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