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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners not assured of NCAA Tournament berth

Losses to West Virginia and TCU could keep Oklahoma home for the postseason.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Staff Writer skuzydym@opubco.com Published: March 3, 2013

 Connecticut, which was 20-13, was a No. 9 seed in the 2012 Tournament. The Huskies lost in the first round to No. 8 Iowa State.

OKLAHOMA'S BAD LOSSES

This column in Oklahoma's resume was bare until last week.

The blown 22-point lead and eventual overtime loss to Texas is now the small stain on Oklahoma's resume. That loss alone is not enough to keep Oklahoma from the tournament.

However, losing to the struggling West Virginia Mountaineers or bottom-dwelling TCU Horned Frogs would increase the size of that “bad loss” stain.

RPI

Oklahoma has the third-highest RPI in the Big 12, according to both CBS Sports and ESPN.

The Sooners are ranked No. 22 behind Kansas and Kansas State, respectively.

CBS Sports also ranks their schedule the sixth-toughest in the country, compared to seventh that ESPN ranks the Sooners.

These are just other gold stars on Oklahoma's strong chart that the selection committee will look at when choosing the tournament field.

 

KRUGER'S PAST TOURNAMENT TEAMS

Lon Kruger could be the first coach in college basketball history to take five different teams to the tournament.

His Kansas State Wildcats went each of the years Kruger was at the helm.

Here's how it ended up for his four other teams:

Florida

Year 1 — DNQ

Year 2 — DNQ

Year 3 — DNQ

Year 4 — NCAA FINAL FOUR

Year 5 — NCAA 1st round

Year 6 — DNQ

Illinois

Year 1 — NCAA 2nd round

Year 2 — NCAA 2nd round

Year 3 — DNQ

Year 4 — NCAA 2nd round

UNLV

Year 1 — DNQ

Year 2 — DNQ

Year 3 — NCAA SWEET SIXTEEN

Year 4 — NCAA 2nd round

Year 5 — DNQ

Year 6 — NCAA 1st round

Year 7 — NCAA 1st round

Oklahoma

Year 1 — DNQ

Year 2 – ???