“Two, it's a tournament that's held in our home state, so it's good to have both your local schools represented.”
Even the Sooners are pleased, partly for the opportunity of another shot at the Cowboys, but also because Bedlam in the Big 12 Tournament can only come in the championship game.
“That would actually be a great matchup,” said OU pitcher Michael Rocha. “We owe them a little something.
“Definitely, if we can see them in that championship round, that would be a great game.”
The Sooners are set up for a revenge tour, of sorts.
They didn't win a conference series outside of Norman. And two of the teams that took them down — A&M and Kansas State — are on their side of the bracket, along with Texas Tech, a team OU swept at Mitchell Park.
Then there are the Cowboys.
“The way we've been set up, we'll actually be playing a bunch of teams that beat us in series, so that's kind of nice for us,” said Sooners third baseman Garrett Buechele. “We want a little redemption against K-State, A&M, and Oklahoma State, because we feel like we have a good ballclub and we want to show the rest of the country we have one.”
After the past two years, the Pokes would be thrilled to stand in that line.
“I'm sure the atmosphere would be unbelievable out here — and a lot of fun,” said OSU second baseman Davis Duren.
Getting there, of course, is the trick.
Neither the Sooners nor Cowboys have played on a Big 12 Tournament Sunday in Oklahoma City since 1998. OU's last tournament title came in 1997, the conference's inaugural event. OSU, which rolled up so many championships in the old Big Eight, claimed its only Big 12 title in Arlington, Texas, in 2004.
“Our job obviously is to do all we can for all the teams,” Brassfield said. “But sometimes, this event and all events need a shot in the arm. That would be a great shot in the arm for the 2011 baseball tournament.”