If the Big 12 race ended today, OU would be seeded seventh for the conference tournament. And the Sooners might be going down instead of up.
OU’s malaise continued with its second straight 45-point performance, a 62-45 loss at Nebraska, on the heels of a 63-45 loss at Texas. OU wasn’t very good in the game before that, needing a miracle finish to beat Baylor 92-91 in overtime at Lloyd Noble Center.
Truth of the matter is, OU is riding its strong December — victories over Arkansas, Gonzaga and West Virginia — in its NCAA Tournament bid. In conference, the Sooners have shown to be mediocre and unworthy of the NCAAs. But the good news is, that non-conference swing carries weight. OU will not be judged solely on its Big 12 finish.
If the Sooners can get to 8-8, they’ve got a shot at the NCAAs. But go 7-9, and no way. That’s why the Texas A&M game at LNC is huge. The Aggies are a kooky team. Play great for a stretch, then stumble for awhile. Get hot again, go cold. A&M beat Texas Tech by 44 points Wednesday night, so it would appear the Aggies are back on track. If they beat OU on Saturday, it will be the Sooners who will be labeled cold. Cold and on the outside looking in at an NCAA Tournament bid.