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March 28, 2010

No clear favorite today

KANSAS CITY — When it comes to common opponents Oklahoma and Notre Dame have played this season, the edge clearly goes to … actually, it’s not very clear.

The Sooners and Irish have played three common opponents. They’ve also played each other, with the Irish prevailing 81-71 at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Also at the Jam, both teams met South Carolina and San Diego State. The Aztecs’ season ended Saturday, in a 66-58 loss to Duke at the Memphis Regional. The Gamecocks’ season ended at the SEC Tournament.

The Sooners beat South Carolina 75-67 and pummeled San Diego State 87-48. The Irish beat South Carolina 78-55 and beat San Diego State 84-79.

Both teams have played top-ranked Connecticut. OU lost to UConn 76-60 at Lloyd Noble Center. The Irish lost to UConn at UConn 70-46, lost to UConn in South Bend 76-51 and lost to UConn at the Big East Tournament 59-44.

Those wishing to spin such facts the Sooners’ way can look at the San Diego State game, where OU handed the Aztecs their worst loss of the season, and the Connecticut game, where OU scored more points against the Huskies than the Irish managed in three tries.

Coaches

It was 20 years ago today Oklahoma announced it was killing women’s basketball. Of course, rightfully shamed by local protest and that of coaches at the women’s Final Four, the program was reinstated quickly.

Six years later Sherri Coale became the Sooner coach. Her third season she went to the WNIT and her fourth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. This season makes it 11 straight NCAA Tournaments, seven of which have included Sweet 16 runs and two to the Final Four. Notable is the fact OU has never ended its season in the Elite Eight. Each time it’s gotten that far, it’s won another game to reach the Final Four. Under Coale, the Sooners have gone 311-142 (.687).

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