WBB | Red River Rivalry: Big 12 Tourney Style

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Sooners look to take the season series from the Longhorns in the 2nd round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament

Who: Oklahoma Sooners (18-13, 9-9) vs. Texas Longhorns (20-10, 11-7)
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma City, Okla. - Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1 - 107.7 FM - Watch online here (cable/satellite subscribers only)

For the Oklahoma Sooners, it's win or go home time. If you lose, you move your situation to a tougher one and a chance at missing the NCAA Tournament. Currently, ESPN's Bracketology has the Sooners a 9th seed in their latest one. However, that's just a procedural bump. They had the Sooners originally a 10th seed, one step closer to being out of the tournament.

The Sooners had such high expectations heading into the season. They were picked by the coaches to win the Big 12 this season. However, inconsistencies and injuries have been a reason why that didn't come to fruition. This is where the Big 12 Tournament comes into play.

This is a time where a team can right their wrongs and get back to square one. Yes, the Sooners have struggled and are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, If you can win a couple of games and get back into good graces with the selection committee, you can start fresh in the tournament.

The Longhorns though, upset then #16 Oklahoma St. Cowgirls in their season finale on Sunday to sneak into the third seed in the tournament. That puts them in an awkward position. It's nice to be third. It's a great reward for that team. However, they have to take on a very feisty Sooners ball club, who will be desperate for victories.

Honestly though, the Sooners should have held onto the game in Austin, but it slipped through their grasps. Sherri Coale's team has learned from some tough times and I fully believe they are capable of doing what is necessary to win in the right time. We're definitely going to see if that's the case tonight.

If the Sooners can figure out a way to beat the Longhorns, I would mark them as my favorite to meet the Baylor Lady Bears in the Championship game on Monday. However, you lose, you may see the WNIT in your future.

Oklahoma has a losing record against the Longhorns coming into this game. Texas has the 22-24 advantage over the Sooners. Both teams have split this season. Both teams have split their four meetings in the Big 12 Tournament. Oklahoma does own the one game the two teams have played in Oklahoma City.

You can follow @OKCChuck for all your Big 12 tournament updates throughout the weekend.

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