Bubble Watch: Strong Big 12 Tournament Will Ensure NCAA Tournament Bid for Oklahoma Sooners

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The Oklahoma Sooners belong in the NCAA tournament, but a good outing in the Big 12 tournament will ensure that they receive a bid in the dance.

Looking at the Sooners out-of-conference schedule, they do not have one victory that really stands out on the resume, but they do have a loss to a mid-major at home, which came against Stephen F. Austin. Oklahoma also lost to Gonzaga and Arkansas on the year. The Razorbacks are another bubble team, so that obviously will not bode well with the tournament committee.

Luckily for this team, it has played above par in the Big 12 this season and currently has an 11-6 record in the conference. This is good enough for fourth in the Big 12 and this power conference will definitely get four teams into the dance.

The Sooners have beaten Oklahoma State, Baylor (twice), Kansas and Iowa State on the year. The recent victory against the Cyclones looks good, since Iowa State is another bubble team in this conference.

Oklahoma will close out the regular season against TCU, which is a game that the Sooners must win, but the Horned Frogs are 10-20 on the year–don’t remind Kansas about that.

With a victory in that game, this team will end the season on a three-game winning streak and will be in pretty good shape to go dancing, but just like most bubble teams, it will have to have a strong outing in its conference tournament. Realistically, Oklahoma has done more than enough this season to convince the tournament committee of an NCAA tournament bid, but literally anything can happen during championship week.

 

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