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Oklahoma men's basketball: OU would help its NCAA Tournament hopes by beating Cowboys

Oklahoma needs to beat teams ranked in the top 50 in RPI and win at home. “They're a good wind shift from blowing out of the field because they could be caught from behind or lose on their own.”
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, Published: January 11, 2013

“A win over Oklahoma State, a team that's gotten off to such a fast start, would be a huge feather in Oklahoma's cap as they build a potential NCAA tournament resume,” Fraschilla said. “(An OU win) would mean a quality home conference win that would look good on their tournament resume come March.”

The Sooners could easily start 3-0 in the conference. Lunardi said from there, Oklahoma would need to go .500 on the road and win the rest of its home games to make the tournament.

“The key in all of these situations ... is to win your home games and try to steal here and there on the road,” Lunardi said.

The Sooners will also need a resume of wins against top-50 teams. Unranked West Virginia was a start for winning on the road. Winning against top tier teams could start with beating No. 20 Oklahoma State.

“If they win these two home games they're going to be above .500 in the league at least for the foreseeable future, and that will keep them very much alive in the NCAA tournament conversation,” Lunardi said. “We're at the beginning of the story, not the middle or the end.”

There is post-season tournament hope. and if the Sooners want anyone at the helm, it's Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger. He is one of a handful of coaches who have led four different schools to the NCAA Tournament, along with former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton.

 No one has ever done it at five schools.