Big XII: Welcome to OKC!

By Jean Neuberger - March 08, 2007

We are 30 minutes away from the first game of the 2007 Big 12 Tournament, held this year at the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City! The fans are filing in as we speak for today's first game, which features the 8th-seeded Iowa State Cyclones and the 9th-seeded Oklahoma Sooners.

Before I go any further, I've got to mention how fantastic this arena is. The Ford Center is such a spectacular place to watch a basketball game. Although the arena is state-of-the-art, it has a roundhouse feel of the older Midwest college arenas, which gives it a cozy feel, and also retains a LOT of noise.

The Cyclones have taken the floor to a roar from the ISU contingent, and they're now giving a standing ovation to the women's team, who have just entered the arena to cheer on the guys. They'll take on Texas A&M later tonight, and She's on Fire will have that coverage. No sign of Oklahoma just yet, as their spirit squads wait patiently to take the court.

Now, let's give the lowdown on this matchup.

Oklahoma is coming into the Ford Center bruised, battered, and slumping. The Sooners have dropped their last six, including a 58-51 loss to Iowa State in Ames, which was the only time these two have met this year. The Sooners are 15-14 overall, and need at least a win today for NIT consideration. Meanwhile, Iowa State comes into the tournament as a roller coaster of a team. Their last six games have gone like this: Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win, Loss.

So, does that mean Iowa State wins today?

One thing is for sure, it's never easy beating the local favorite.

The Sooners are beginning their famous "Boomer Sooner" chant, while the Lady Cyclone basketball team leads the cheers on the other side...they're standing up as we speak, yelling back and forth with the band.

It's 4 days of March Madness in Oklahoma City....let's get this party started!

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 12:33 PM on March 08, 2007

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