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Oklahoma basketball Q&A: Sooners' Tyler Neal has done his research on North Dakota State

Oklahoma senior Tyler Neal says the Sooners know their NCAA opponent leads the country in field-goal percentage and is willing to wait for a good shot.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 18, 2014

Neal: “Obviously, we caught them, they’re playing really well, they’re really hot going into the NCAA Tournament. I don’t think that’s a big surprise. They’re a talented team, it was just a matter of when they pulled it all together. Looks like they’re doing that. ... Just have to learn from that. The main thing we took from that, we need to be more tough and we’re going to work on that this week and get ready for Thursday.”

How much did the Big 12 prepare you for NCAA Tournament play?

Neal: “There’s a wide variety of teams in the Big 12. You’ve got your big teams, you got KU and Texas. You got other teams that can spread you out, like Iowa State. We were tested well and we’ll be ready for North Dakota State and any team beyond that, hoping we get through them.”

Will the 2013 NCAA Tournament experience help this team?

Neal: “Just as far as the travel and the media and everything that comes with it, you kind of know what to expect. We’ll have a shootaround, just like we did in Kansas City. Then it’s just another game. Like I said, we gotta use these three days, two here, one day in Spokane, to get better in practice.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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