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Twists & turns in Big 12 hoops

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm •  Published: February 23, 2008

Interesting day in Big 12 basketball, thanks to two stunning results. OSU’s upset of Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena and Nebraska’s shocking victory at Texas A&M. Here’s what the day means.

* Do you realize OSU is only one game behind OU in the Big 12 race? The Cowboys are 5-7; OU is one of four teams at 6-6. The Sooners have a slightly easier schedule, primarily because while both teams have two road games, one of OSU’s is at Texas, where the ‘Horns aren’t likely to fall. But OSU gets OU in Stillwater on March 5, and the Cowboys have what appears to be the easiest road game left among the OSU/OU trips, at Missouri. 

Oh, heck. Let’s just give each team’s full remaining schedule. OSU is at Missouri, hosts Nebraska, hosts OU and goes to Texas. OU goes to Nebraska, hosts Texas A&M, goes to OSU and hosts Missouri. If the Cowboys somehow catch the Sooners, especially after the hat-and-rabbit wins of OU against Texas Tech and Baylor, it would be an amazing story, and Sean Sutton’s coaching job would be irrefutable.

* Texas is in supreme shape to win the Big 12 title, or at least secure the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The ‘Horns have a game lead on KU and own the tiebreaker.

* The South Division again is superior to the North. It’s clear. The bottom two teams in the league are from the North: Colorado (2-10) and Iowa State (4-8).  Five of the top seven teams are from the South, and sizzling OSU isn’t included. It’s possible all six South schools could finish at least 8-8, which come to think of it, will help the NCAA Tournament arguments for the likes of OU and Baylor.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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