OU basketball: Sooners are not ready to concede anything

OU is likely headed to the NCAA Tournament, but winning the Big 12 championship might be a tough task. A win at Kansas on Monday night would keep the latter hopes alive, however.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 23, 2014

NORMAN — After Saturday's win over Kansas State, Oklahoma still wasn't in a mood to concede anything.

The Sooners weren't ready to concede they were in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, after a win clinched a .500-or-better record in conference play.

OU also wasn't ready to concede the Big 12 title, though that hill is a pretty steep climb.

Sophomore guard Buddy Hield smiled wide when Monday night's game against Kansas was brought up following the win over Kansas State.

“I'm looking forward to it,” Hield said. “It's a must-win situation for us down there, and we need that win. We need that win. Whatever comes with it comes and leave no regrets when you're done.”

The Sooners will play the Jayhawks at 8:05 p.m. Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Sooners are firmly in the NCAA Tournament field barring the most severe of collapses and conference-tournament craziness that would narrow the bubble significantly.

Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com's bracketology expert, had Oklahoma as a No. 6 seed in his updated projections Sunday morning. USA Today's Shelby Mast has the Sooners as a seven.

So that leaves the Big 12 race to consider. The Sooners are three games back with four games to play, and Kansas is firmly in control of the league race.

Iowa State and Texas are tied with Oklahoma for second place in the league.

A Kansas win would clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title for the 10th consecutive season.

The Jayhawks have the nation's longest active streak of conference titles and are tied for the fifth longest of all time.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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