Thanks Red Raiders; OSU Still in the Hunt

As I watched the first overtime on Monday night from Lubbock between Kansas and Texas Tech, I had come to the conclusion that if Texas Tech did not prevail and Kansas found away to stay unbeaten in the Big 12 at 11-0 then Oklahoma State's opportunity at winning at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title was gone.

Tech was the one team left on the Jayhawks' schedule that had the really solid opportunity to beat Kansas. I'm including Oklahoma State because beating KU in Allen Fieldhouse is never an easy proposition. The Cowboys can do it, but it will be very difficult. Now at least, if the Cowboys find a way to post that upset it will count for more than just a narrowing between first and second place in the standings.

I didn't really like Oklahoma or Missouri in their games at home against Kansas. OU is slipping and doesn't have the confidence it takes to beat Kansas. Missouri will have a better shot because of the rivalry, but that is a coaching mismatch between Bill Self and Quin Snyder, plus Self has the better players. It had to be Tech and it had to be Monday night.

Oklahoma State has to beat Texas Tech this Saturday and I'm pretty sure that will happen. Even with four days to recover from this win before Saturday, Tech will still be spent when it gets to Gallagher-Iba Arena. It will take a couple of days for the Red Raiders to get their heads out of the clouds.

The Cowboys then have to survive a trip to Nebraska (they will) and then it's on to Lawrence. If OSU can scratch out a win in the Phog, then it will be Texas A&M and a weaker watered down Texas squad that will stand in the way of at the least a share of another Big 12 regular season title.

Thank you Red Raiders for making the final five games of this regular season just a little more exciting. Bob Knight still treats too many people cruel, but he can darn sure coach the roundball game.

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