Baylor at Oklahoma: Ayipioeeay!

By Jeff Lippman - February 28, 2007


Annie, go get your gun because we're gonna have ourselves a hootin and hollerin good ole time here in the Sooner State.

You're doing fine when you are in Oklahoma, so the famous musical with the same name says, and I believe it. After stepping off the plane--oh my, was it a long long day of traveling--I was tired, but the beautiful 82-degree breezy weather rejuvenated body and mind.

"Plen'y of air and plen'y of room,
Plen'y of room to swing a rope!
Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope."

And it's all true, even the rope part. Should you have the desire to swing a rope, Oklahoma has more than enough room to complete the task.

As the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK gets set to host the final game of the regular season against No. 16 Baylor Wednesday night, there are a few interesting storylines to follow along the way.

The Luck of the Bear: Oklahoma's soon-to-be All-American, 6-foot-4 center Courtney Paris saves her best games for Baylor. In four career games against the Bears, Paris is averaging an insane 27.5 points and 18 rebounds. And she's averaging 32.5 points and 17 boards over her last two games. Any way you size it up, Baylor is in trouble with CP3.

Hook 'Em Horns: The outright Big 12 regular season championship is on the line tonight for Oklahoma. If the Sooners defeat Baylor AND Texas A&M loses to Texas, Oklahoma will be the outright Big 12 champs. However, should A&M top the Longhorns they will share the title with the Sooners. The scenario is leaving a sour taste in Sooner fans' mouths as it surely makes them sick to their stomachs to have to root for Texas.

Wow Stat: Courtney Paris owns 59 career double doubles, including 54 in a row. If that alone doesn't make you do a double take, take this into considation: Because of Paris' success, the NCAA is currently undergoing an investigation, looking through past women's records to determine what exactly is the record for most consecutive double doubles. Since no records exist, the only comparison is to the men. So how does Paris compare to the dudes? The NCAA recordholder for men is North Carolina's Billy Cunningham, who, from 1962-64 recorded 40 in a row. Paris is already 14 ahead of that clip. Wow.

Interesting Nickname: OU freshman forward and Chicago native Amanda Thompson was nicknamed the Waitress by fellow street ballers in the Windy City because, "I be serving people."

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 06:29 PM on February 28, 2007
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