While Oklahoma State will advance to an NCAA Regional — and likely host — regardless of what happens in the Big 12 Tournament this week, Oklahoma knows the climb it faces to extend its streak of postseason appearances to seven.
The Sooners must win the conference tournament to keep their season alive.
“We’re going to do our best to make a run at that, I’ll tell you,” Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes said. “We’ve got a team that’s pretty motivated right now.
“It’s winner-take-all. You look at our league and everyone’s got a shot to win that thing. It might as well be us. I’m showing up Wednesday to win it and I’ve got a motivated group of guys that are going to show up with the same sentiment.”
After Saturday’s 8-1 win over OSU, Oklahoma (28-27, 8-16 Big 12) needs one win in the Big 12 Tournament to avoid its first under-.500 season since 2003.
BIG 12 BRACKET FINALIZED
The full bracket for this week’s Big 12 Tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was released by the conference Saturday before the start of the Bedlam game.
As previously announced, top-seed Oklahoma State will play No. 8 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Their side of the bracket also includes Texas and Texas Tech, who play at 7:30 p.m.
The Bedlam winner will play the Texas-Texas Tech winner at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, while the loser will play the Texas-Tech Tech loser at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination game.
On the opposite side of the bracket, No. 3 Kansas faces No. 6 West Virginia at 9 a.m. followed by No. 2 TCU vs. No. 7 Baylor at 12:30 p.m.
The championship game will be played at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and televised on Fox Sports 1. The rest of the tournament will be on Fox College Sports.
The Cowboys were 7-2 against teams on their side of the bracket. OU was 2-9.
HUGHES IMPRESSED WITH TULSA
With a pair of sellouts at ONEOK Field, the decision to play two Bedlam games in Tulsa proved to be a success.
The average attendance at the games was 8,550 — more than 3,000 more fans than attended Thursday’s series opener in Oklahoma City.
Hughes enjoyed the time in Tulsa.
“I thought it was an awesome atmosphere,” Hughes said. “I thought it was great for both schools. It was great for college baseball and baseball, in general, for the state of Oklahoma. I thought it was special.”