After beating TCU 97-67 on Saturday, Oklahoma will open the Big 12 Tournament at 6 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s Baylor-TCU game.
Oklahoma swept each of those teams during the regular season.
The Sooners dominated their side of the bracket this season, going a combined 7-1 against Baylor, Texas, TCU and West Virginia. Only West Virginia beat Oklahoma this season.
OU went 5-5 against the other half of the bracket, which includes Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
That doesn’t mean the Sooners will be overlooking anybody though.
“Kansas has separated themselves a little bit but two through eight, there’s not any difference,” Sooner coach Lon Kruger said. “It’s just whoever’s making a shot at the right time. It’s that balanced of a league and at very high quality. I don’t know of any other conference that can say where two through eight there’s no difference.”
And while No. 7 Baylor and No. 8 Oklahoma State figure to be in the NCAA Tournament, the Big 12 could get another if No. 6 West Virginia can make a run in the tournament.
“If they win one or two in Kansas City then they’d get in the hunt I would think,” Kruger said. “It speaks to the grind of the two months, that round robin. It’s a grind.”
ANOTHER BIG GAME FOR COUSINS
Sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins continued to be one of Oklahoma’s best all-around players on the perimeter.
Against TCU, Cousins had 18 points, four assists and no turnovers.
“Isaiah just continues to make progress in terms of creating for others (and) knocking down shots when he’s open,” Kruger said. “He’s done a really good job setting the tone for us defensively on the perimeter. Other guys have fed off that.”
The Sooners finished Big 12 play 5-4 in the conference, one of only two teams to finish above .500 on the road.
League champion Kansas also went 5-4 away from home.
The record is a big turnaround for the Sooners, who had gone 5-21 away from Lloyd Noble Center in Big 12 play during the three previous seasons.
SOONERS SCORE BIG EARLY
Oklahoma’s 53 first-half points were its most in the first half of a Big 12 game since scoring 58 on Baylor in 2009.
The Sooners hadn’t scored 50 or more points in a half during conference play since scoring 52 in the second half against Texas Tech in 2011.
Oklahoma’s 23 regular-season wins ties for its fourth-most in Big 12 history. … The Sooners’ 14 3-pointers — including five from Buddy Hield — tied a season high. The Sooners also hit 14 against Baylor on Feb. 8. … Ryan Spangler hadn’t scored in double figures since Feb. 15 at Oklahoma State before scoring 10 Saturday. … Oklahoma plus-14 rebounding margin was its most in Big 12 play this season and second-most of the year. The Sooners outrebounded George Mason by 22, 51-29, on Dec. 8.