Focusing the night before the big game

Updated: February 4, 2012, 10:45 PM ET
By Kate Fagan

Approximately 4,000 people have won an Oscar.

Approximately 3,300 people -- men and women -- have played in a Final Four.

I know these numbers because in 2002, the night before I played with the Colorado Buffaloes for a spot in the Final Four, I was watching the broadcast of the Academy Awards on my hotel room television. I shared the room with a teammate, and for an hour, we mindlessly absorbed the images on the screen, saying nothing. When I'd almost forgotten ...

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