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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: Sooners dominate Iowa State on Senior Night

Kameron McGusty lef the way with 18 points.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners capped off the regular season with a dominating win over the Iowa State Cyclones to the tune of 81-60. This was the largest margin of victory for the Sooners since defeating Northwest by 26 on December 22nd. Oklahoma is now 18-12 on the season, finishing with an 8-10 record in Big 12 play.

In perhaps his final game in the Lloyd Noble Center, Trae Young had a relatively quiet night with 15 points and six assists, but still became the first player in NCAA history to record 800 plus points and 250 plus assists in a single season since assists were first recorded as an official stat (1983). That’s just absurdly good.

And if there was any proof that it was just the Sooners’ night, this fan’s half-court shot was it. Evidently there was plenty of Sooner magic to go around, and all while wearing sandals, because why not?

Three takeaways:

  • Khadeem Lattin finally became the Sooners’ sole all-time leader in blocked shots. After chasing the record for a few games without recording the crucial record-breaking block (he tied the mark on Tuesday after a decent dryspell), Lattin finally gets to etch his name atop the record books. Congratulations, Khadeem, you earned this.

Lattin also received a well-deserved standing ovation for the career he’s had as an Oklahoma Sooner. Tonight was your night, Khadeem. Continue to make Sooner Nation proud in whatever you do in life.

I totally thought Lattin was going to attempt to plant the flag at mid-court. Baker Mayfield has changed the way I look at Sooner flags forever.

  • Kameron McGusty and Christian James really stepped up in a game when Trae Young didn’t blow the roof off the top of the gym with his scoring. McGusty and James scored 18 and 15 points, respectively. It’s not every night that Trae Young is either tied with or outscored by two of his teammates. Those kinds of contributions will make this Oklahoma team a much more formidable test in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Speaking of which, I believe it’s safe to say the Sooners will participate in the Big Dance later this month. The last two months have been quite the opposite from the start of the season, but Oklahoma’s resume still boasts some incredibly strong wins. No matter how the Big 12 Tournament shakes out next week, I predict Oklahoma will hear its seeding announced on Selection Sunday.

What’s next?

Next week, the Oklahoma Sooners will enter the Big 12 Championship Tournament presented by Phillips 66. The first day of the tournament is on Wednesday, March 7th, when the bottom four seeds will battle it out to see who advances to day 2 of the tourney. Right now it’s too early to tell the exact seed Oklahoma will have, but depending on how the results of tomorrow’s Big 12 games develop, the Sooners could be as high as the No. 6 seed and as low as the No. 9 seed. Last season, Oklahoma entered as the No. 9 seed and lost to TCU, the No. 8 seed, in the opening game of the tournament. If the Sooners want to cement their spot in the NCAA Tournament, even just one win would go a long way towards bolstering their resume. Honestly, tonight’s win was probably enough to earn a bid.

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