Sooners stare into the abyss

07 March 2018 06:45:55 EST

What had looked like a useful season for the Oklahoma Sooners could end without an NCAA Tournament invite, should they lose to the Cowboys of Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament.

The Sooners are currently projected to be in the field, but at lot of that is the legacy of their strong early run to fourth in the nation in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

From those heady days when Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech and TCU in back-to-back games, the Sooners have cratered with a 4-10 mark the rest of the way.

Oklahoma does have some good victories beating USC, Wichita State, TCU twice, Texas Tech and Kansas when their opponents were ranked and the Sooners also don't have a truly hideous loss on their record either.

That combination should see Oklahoma in the field against a generally uninspiring bubble group, but the Tournament committee has been known to do some strange things.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have pulled some upsets along the way defeating Florida State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech.

Most impressively they swept Kansas and if Oklahoma State gets an at-large bid, it will likely be on the strength of their domination over the Jayhawks.

Both the Sooners and the Cowboys ended the season with a losing record in the Big 12 Conference and that is always a concern.

The winner of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will face Kansas on Thursday and it is fair to say that should either the Sooners or the Cowboys win that contest, then they are in the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma are 3000/1 to win the NCAAB Championship, with Oklahoma State 3000/1.

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