Lon Kruger has his team, the Oklahoma Sooners believing that they can win and beat anyone they play. They are now with Iowa State for third or fourth place in the Big 12, it just depends on how you look at it. With only four games left in the regular season they still have a lot improvement they can make and could end up in third place.
This team has a top 20 RPI, a top five SOS and a top 10 non-conference mark. The game against Baylor on Saturday shows their true heart and desire. This second win over Baylor doesn’t totally lock the Sooners into the tournament, let’s just say it’s close. What a job Kruger has done. He has got this team to have a winning and tough mindset.
That mindset starts with Sam Grooms who has really stepped up leading this team with his vision and passion. In this game, he scored a career high 23 points with four assists.You can see in his eyes that he believes he can score and that this team is ready for March. Throughout the course of the game, Grooms continuously attacked the basket. Which helped him get to the charity line where he sunk 15 out of 17 free throws.
Not only did Grooms have an impact in this game, but Romero Osby was making a case for Big 12 Player of the Year with his performance! Osby continued his portrayal of what consistency looks like pouring in 17 points and grabbing a game high eight rebounds.
Even with Pierre Jackson scoring 28 points and leading a comeback for the Bears, it didn’t help their cause. The closest Baylor would come was within 12 points in the second half which proved to be too little too late.
The win guarantees Oklahoma a .500 in conference play, a feat the Sooners haven’t completed since Blake Griffin left for the NBA, as the Oklahoma takes on Texas next. The Sooners are ready to pop the bubble and get that golden ticket to the NCAA tourney which is just weeks away.