The Big 12 regular season is officially wrapped up, and the Oklahoma Sooners will enter next week’s Big 12 Tournament as the No. 9 seed to play No. 8 seed Oklahoma State. We have Bedlam on the hardwood for the third time this season, with the Sooners and Cowboys splitting the two previous meetings.
Oklahoma will play in Game 1 of the conference tournament on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT. Oklahoma State is going into the tournament with a ton of momentum, especially after becoming the first Big 12 team to sweep Kansas under Bill Self. Cowboys first year head coach Mike Boynton has done an outstanding job given the program being under FBI investigation coming into the season, all the while dealing with a roster missing a number of scholarship players.
If the Sooners defeat the Cowboys, they will move on to face Kansas, the No 1. overall seed. While it would present a tall task for Oklahoma, it would be another opportunity for a statement win, especially in a season that saw both quality victories and questionable losses. First thing’s first, Oklahoma needs to play with the same focus and energy against Oklahoma State as they played with in the regular season finale against Iowa State.
Coming into the day, Oklahoma had a chance to finish as high as sixth in the conference standings, but there was also the possibility to finish as low as ninth. It’s a far cry from where the Sooners imagined they’d be midway through the season, but there’s still a chance to turn this year into a solid season with good showings in the postseason.
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