These four squads have plenty of ties

Updated: November 15, 2003, 5:05 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

To get ready for Sunday's State Farm Tip-Off Classic -- Texas vs. Duke and Purdue vs. Kansas State -- we can do some six-degrees-of-separation stuff with these four teams:

We'll start with Purdue coach Kristy Curry, a Louisiana native. Her hometown is Olla, which means if anyone asks where she's from, she can say Ollala in a very musical tone. The other Bayou Stater who will play a starring role Sunday is Duke guard Alana Beard, of Shreveport.

Curry doesn't need to worry about Beard ...

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