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Oklahoma basketball: Q&A with San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin

by Jenni Carlson Published: March 21, 2013

/articleid/3768182/1/pictures/1987386">Photo - San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin sets to shoot during practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Philadelphia. San Diego State is scheduled to play Oklahoma Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ORG XMIT: PXC122
San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin sets to shoot during practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Philadelphia. San Diego State is scheduled to play Oklahoma Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ORG XMIT: PXC122

“There's no jitters. You're not nervous. You're happy to be here, but you're not excited and overanxious. We've already been here before, so we're expecting to just play our game and just act like we're at Aztec Arena playing against a good team in Oklahoma.”

Now that you're consistently in the tournament, is the next step to start winning consistently?

“Of course it's always a thing to win. Nobody comes to the tournament expecting just to be happy to be here one game and lose. So, we are coming here trying to win games just like the best teams in this tournament, and we feel we're one of the best tournament and we can win a lot of games.”

The Sooners have blown some leads late this season. Do you feel like you're going to be in this game no matter how much they may be up or you may be up?

“I think the game is going to be good. It's an NCAA Tournament, so nobody wants to lose. I think every game in the NCAA Tournament is hard fought. But at the same time, we've been through being up 18 and we've been down 18 and came back, so we're ready for every situation.”

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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