Jenni Carlson: Thunder's chances of beating the Heat in a 7-game series 'slim'

The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson took questions from readers in her Power Lunch Chat today. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
Oklahoman Modified: March 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: March 7, 2013
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Gotta go with Kansas. The Jayhawk faithful will be in full effect in the tournament, especially with Missouri no longer in the mix. KU folks will buy a TON of tickets. That will give an already good team a big-time advantage. But I would love to see a KU-OSU rubber match. What a great game that would be.

Can Baylor make it in without winning the tourney?

Sure doesn't look like it. Baylor just doesn't have enough wins (17-13 and 8-9 in conference play) or enough quality wins to get there. Joe Lunardi has the Bears among his first eight out but not among his first four out of the tournament. And heck, if Iowa State has been teetering on the bubble, I have a hard time believing Baylor is going to get in without winning the Big 12 Tournament.

Some of us would rather see a rubber match between Kansas and OU at Big 12 final.

A fair point. Thing is, those KU-OSU games were BOTH so good. The KU-OU game in Lawrence was largely a clunker for the Sooners.

After OSU beat KU, I was prepared for the game in Stillwater to be a letdown. While it wasn't the best played game of all time, it sure was entertaining. I'd take another game between those teams any day.

The Cowboys last night looked like the Desmond Mason Cowboys of old (late starters). The early shots didn't fall and the shots late were all short. I think they fought so hard to come back they had no legs like the 2000 game vs. Florida.

Do you think that's just a one-game thing or is it the team just showing signs of wear on the year? Sure hate to see the team tired when one of the biggest games of the year is looming in Kansas State.

I thought they came out a bit flat, too. Especially on defense. I just didn't see them closing out on guys like they needed to. Maybe the juice inside the arena — it was pretty crazy in there — zapped them a bit, I'm not sure. But I really thought they'd come out more amped than they did. That was a game with pretty big stakes, after all. ...

That said, I wouldn't be too worried about dead legs. Sure, we're late in the season, but it's not like what we saw last night was a four- or five-game trend. And remember, everybody is a bit tired this time of year. OSU plays enough guys that I'm not really worried that they have a bunch of dead legs.

 

ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

Does the announcement that Onuoha has moved to OLB pretty much solidify the switch to a 3-4 for OU?

The evidence is surely mounting that OU is making the switch. Onuoha's move is just the latest piece that indicates as much. Frankly, I think it's a great deal for Onuoha. He is a project guy who is likely going to be at his best pinning his ears back and going after the guy with the ball.

I realize that playing linebacker is about more than that, but I think that Onuoha's speed might just lend itself to him being really productive at that position.

by Jenni Carlson
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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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