ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla thinks Oklahoma can compete with Duke

Oklahoma enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed with a difficult road ahead.

The slumping Sooners face talented senior guard Jared Terrell and Rhode Island on Thursday to kick off the Round of 64 games. The winner will likely get No. 2-seed Duke on Saturday.

ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, who’s called his fair share of Oklahoma games this season, spoke with “Dennis & Cowlishaw” on KESN-FM 103.3 ESPN about the Sooners’ NCAA-Tournament chances.

Fraschilla, whose son played as a walk-on under coach Lon Kruger, predicts the Sooners will knock out the Rams and they might have a chance against coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils.

“I give them a chance to compete with Duke,” Fraschilla said, according to Dallas Morning News. “They were both in the PK80 out in Portland early in the year, and Oklahoma was one of the darlings of that 16-team field out there. … I think getting out of the Big 12 may actually help this team, psychologically more than anything else.”

The Big 12 Conference was certainly brutal to Oklahoma. The Sooners squeaked out a road win at TCU on Dec. 30, 2017, but they haven’t won away from Norman since that night.

With its slate wiped clean, Oklahoma will try to make the most of its NCAA-Tournament bid at 12:15 p.m. ET, Thursday, on CBS.

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