The Oklahoman's Stephanie Kuzydym took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. You can join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's chat.
I know this may seem like me just being a big OU homer or a stupid fan, but I genuinely think if OU can get hot, they could make a serious NCAA tournament run. Maybe even to the Final Four. Thoughts? Am I just crazy?
I'm not sure how much hotter we can see Oklahoma get than what we've already seen. Their first 32 minutes of Texas was their most complete basketball all season ... and it was followed by eight horrible minutes and a terrible overtime where they couldn't stop Myck Kabongo. I have a hard time seeing them making it to the Final Four, but then again this has been a season of upsets.
Looking at Joe Lunardi's bracketology. he has Oklahoma as a 10 seed playing No. 7 seed North Carolina. UNC has had its bad games but that is still a sound ball club. Let's give Oklahoma the pass and put them with a victory into the next round off Lunardi's bracket.
The Sooners would play the winner of Michigan/Montana. I say Michigan takes that one with flying colors. So you have Oklahoma vs. Michigan. That's like Oklahoma playing Kansas because Michigan is one of the strongest ball clubs in the nation. I'm not sure I see the Sooners beating the Wolverines.
Honestly, I think this is the Big Ten's year. They are a strong league this season and I think they'll be fighting over themselves for spots in the Final Four. However, this is March Madness — the season of upsets and it's a complete possibility that a No. 16 seed upsets a No. 1 seed.
Your picks for the Final Four?
Before everything is final even? I'm not sure I can do that. You have a Big Ten title that could be shared by multiple teams or be Indiana's outright. There are still too many possibilities! But just for fun I'm going to say Indiana, Oklahoma State, Duke and Ohio State.
What do you think about the new football coaches at OU?
On paper they look like everything Bob Stoops needs to start recruiting better again, but we haven't met them yet. We get to today about noon, so I'll know better after that.
What happened to Gary Simon?
Not a lot of details on what happened except that he wasn't listening. He's an athletic kid so I can't see him sticking around here and just wasting his talents — unless he wants to try and help the basketball team. However, I'm not sure if he got booted from the football team that he's a Lon Kruger kinda guy.
What's the word on Cody Thomas? Is he going to go to the Majors or play at OU?
He has an opportunity to do both. OU's baseball coach raved to Jason Kersey about Cody. I haven't read or heard anywhere that he is leaning one way or the other, though. Here's what Bob Stoops said about it: “We wouldn’t have pursued him if we didn’t feel there was a great chance he’d be playing football.”