So, why use it? The Sooners are one of the top scoring teams in College Basketball with 86 per game. You could even make the case that this is the most wide-open major conference tournament in the country. "Some of us have more bruises than the others".
The Oklahoma State Cowboys handled the horrific Sooners in the first round much like they handled the Jayhawks in both meetings earlier this season, a first for Kansas Basketball. Since Jan. 15, they twice defeated OU, twice defeated Kansas, won at West Virginia and beat Texas Tech.
It would be nice to see the Oklahoma State Cowboys make a run and force their way into the NCAA Tournament.
"I believe we're in the NCAA Tournament", Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. So we're probably going to stick to the four guards and one big. "It speaks volumes to the depth of the league and certainly how hard it is to go through a round robin schedule". It still advanced to the Big 12 Championship despite a dismal 27 percent showing against Kansas State in the Big 12 semifinals previous year. Oklahoma entered Wednesday's action 36th in the RPI, while Arizona State was 58th.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into the game with a 18-13 record, and are 8-10 in conference play as well. Yahoo! Sports has both in.
No. 23 Florida is the other ranked team in the SEC field. No conference has ever sent 80 percent of the league to the NCAA Tournament since 1985 when the field expanded to 64 teams. But they have gone 6-12 since and now Trae Young and company could find themselves on the wrong side of the NCAA bubble.
Oklahoma seems in better shape than Arizona State.
Coach of the year - Bill Self, Kansas. Kruger said the balance in the league was obvious and noted the selection committee should understand how to view the nine teams.
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"We're just trying to ride the wave", guard Christian James said.
West Virginia is a 5-point favorite as the third seed, facing sixth-seeded Baylor. Oklahoma State can accentuate its tournament profile by beating rival Oklahoma in Tuesday's opening round. Either seed shouldn't hurt Kansas either way. Oklahoma has an impressive six Quadrant 1 wins, while Arizona State has three. "I obviously expected us to keep winning and hopefully have a chance to get a 1 seed or 2 seed or up in that range".
Self calls it "from top to middle". That's it, according to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.
"There's no bottom in the coaching". Last week against Baylor he was just 2 for 2 from the line. Should it be any different than the uproarious regular season that came before?
The same can be said for Texas.
West Virginia still has winning on its mind and making it to at least an Elite Eight would make this year a total success.
One more season at Iowa State should help Wigginton become more of a playmaker and also improve his defense a bit.
The Big 12 Tournament is underway in Kansas City. If you had stock in "I told you so" or "playing the game the right way" after he scored 26 on just nine shot attempts in an 85-80 win at home against Kansas on January 23, a signature victory for the Sooners, it would've been a great time to sell. While the old adage that it's awfully hard to beat a team three times in the same season is accepted in some circles and laughed at in others, the fact remains that Kansas can not do what it did against the Cowboys in the first two meetings and expect the outcome to be any different.