It’s been a rough few weeks for OU basketball. A competitive Big 12 has taken its toll on a talented Sooner squad. Approaching the last half of February, are the Sooners in danger of not making the tourney?
Well, as of right now, Oklahoma will more than likely get in as a low seed. Probably the 6-10 region.
Oklahoma’s predicted to be a seven seed as of Thursday, February 13 by Joe Lunardi, and they don’t appear to be in any immediate danger of missing the Big Dance.
However, the loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders last night (RPI-wise) was OU’s worst loss of the season—especially, considering it was at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma found themselves down early to Texas Tech, but stormed back in the second half.
The Sooners were down 47-27 with about 13 minutes left in the contest. However, Oklahoma outscored Tech, 21-4, in the next six minutes.
Within three points, the Red Raiders would not allow Oklahoma to take their first lead since they were up 2-0 with two minutes in to the game.
It was a rough and uncharacteristic night. Cameron Clark was 6-8, scoring 16 points for OU, but the team was just out-of-sync.
This was another winnable game for the Sooners, and the third game they’ve lost out of their last four.
Saturday’s road trip to Stillwater becomes even more crucial now. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are missing their best player Marcus Smart, due to suspension. However, nothing is guaranteed in this conference.
Oklahoma sits at 18-7 at the moment, but with OU’s recent slide, the remaining schedule becomes tougher.
OU hosts West Virginia and Kansas State, two teams that have already beaten Oklahoma on their home courts. A trip to Lawrence for a date with the Kansas Jayhawks is a little over a week away.
Also, the Sooners head to Fort Worth against a TCU Horned Frogs team that upset Oklahoma last year in the final game of the regular season.
OU desperately needs a win Saturday, and closing out undefeated at home is essential.
So let’s discuss it. Vote on our poll and tweet @StorminInNorman, I’d love to get your thoughts on the current state of the team.