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Woodard brothers heading to NCAA Tournament, leave family with travel decisions

by Ryan Aber Published: March 15, 2014
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The parents of Oklahoma freshman point guard Jordan Woodard and Tulsa sophomore guard James Woodard have had it pretty good this season.

The schedules of the Sooners and Golden Hurricanes were extremely compatible for the parents of the former Edmond Memorial standouts.

Only once in the regular season did both OU and TU have local games on the same date–well, other than when the teams met each other Dec. 14 in Norman. On Feb. 15, Oklahoma played Oklahoma State in Stillwater while Tulsa hosted Old Dominion.

That day, the boys’ father, Marcus, went to Stillwater while their mother, Petra, went to Tulsa.

For this week’s conference tournaments, the arrangement stayed the same with Marcus going to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament and Petra going to El Paso to witness James leading Tulsa to the Conference USA title and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003.

Saturday night, the family was enjoying their fortunes as both boys will play in next week’s tournament.

Marcus said Saturday night that they would wait until Sunday’s bracket announcement before deciding how they’ll split up the travel next week.

The Woodards won’t be the only Sooners family split for the NCAA Tournament. The sons of ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla will also both be in the tournament. James is a walk-on junior with the Sooners while Matt is a freshman with Ivy League champion Harvard.

 

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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