“We think that would make the Big 12 a four-bid league, but it's possible that Oklahoma State could get squeezed out if Kansas wins because the Cowboys have fallen to No. 52 in the RPI. But we still like OSU's resume more than a number of other bubble teams included in our field.”
Holliday said his team's three-day struggle wouldn't carry over, if the Cowboys advance to the postseason.
As I told (the team), if you are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament, there will be a feeling come over you and it will be like a second life,” Holliday said. “All these games will be a distant memory from that standpoint.
“But you always have to learn in the game and you have to build on those moments to perform better the next time they come around. If you get that opportunity, it's a new season and everyone is equal.”
Kansas coach Ritch Price said that, despite Sunday's loss, he still believes his team deserves an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Jayhawks' record is 34-25, but they were 3-0 in Big 12 Tournament pool play, including a victory over Oklahoma State. Including that game, KU took three of four from the Cowboys this season.
“I think we did everything we could possibly do without winning today,” Price said. “You can make a really good case for us. We walk in here, we win three games, we beat Oklahoma State three out of four.
“But I recognize it's what you've done over the course of the entire season. The part that's hard for me is if we only get three teams in the tournament out of this conference. That's just a really hard concept for me to have.”