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March 21, 2014

Big game from bigs would be big

NORMAN — Oklahoma is the No. 11 seed in the Lincoln Regional and DePaul is the No. 7 seed. 

The Sooners enter with an 18-14 record, a 9-9 Big 12 record and are only 8-9 over their last 17 games. The Blue Demons enter Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. NCAA tournament opener inside Cameron Indoor Stadium 27-6 overall, 15-3 in the Big East and a 16-1 record over their last 17 games.

“They’re a really, really good team,” OU coach Sherri Coale said Thursday, moments before boarding a bus that would take the Sooners to a plane that would eventually have them in Durham, N.C., for Saturday’s tip. “They’re a really good seven seed. They could have been a five seed.”

Not that OU doesn’t have an advantage, one that could make all the difference in the world if it comes through. One that, if it comes through, should be clear as a bell for all to see.

“I think the beginning point for success in this game is post play,” Coale said. “I think it’s post play defensively, not to need any help from any one, and it’s (post play) offensively to put pressure on (DePaul’s) undersized bigs around the basket. If we can throw it in there and have success and if we can defend one on one, then it will go the way we want it to go.”

Those may be big ifs, but the Sooners would seem to be in position to deliver on them.

DePaul counts two players among its first six listed to play forward positions. The Blue Demons claim no center on their roster. 

One of those two forwards, Megan Podkowa, is 6-2, and is listed as a guard/forward. Jasmine Penny’s only listed as a forward and stands 6-1. Both listed at 6-4, Brandi Harvey-Carr and Kelsey Smith are the tallest Blue Demons, but average less than 14 combined minutes per game.

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