Loss knocks OU off title perch

Sooners most likely destined for 4th seed in Big 12 tourney

Well, that certainly wasn’t the Big Monday that Oklahoma was hoping for, especially after playing one of its best 20-minute stretches of the season.

The big problem was they followed it with one of the worst – maybe only better than the collapse at Creighton, considering the opponent. Iowa State was going to make a run. The Cyclones certainly weren’t going to give away the game and settle for their first back-to-back home losses since 2011.

When Iowa State did make a run, Oklahoma wasn’t ready. As a result, the Sooners lost control – kind of. All is not lost, as the Sooners can still claim a share of the Big 12 regular title. Actually, they can still win the title outright.

“One game left,” Kruger said after Oklahoma blew a 20-point, second-half lead. “The conference has been a great battle and tough every night you line up. It’s a great league – a lot of teams playing very well.”

Here’s a look at how the Sooners wind up in each seed before the Big 12 Tournament begins next Wednesday:

No. 1 seed – Yeah, it’s still possible. It’s all up to Kansas, though. If the Jayhawks lose on Wednesday to West Virginia, Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Kansas will again be for the Big 12 regular season title and the top seed in the conference. They need the Mountaineers to win out, too, and Iowa State to lose.

No. 2 seed – It starts with a victory against Kansas and then a loss by Iowa State, which plays TCU to end the regular season. That’s the easy way. If Iowa State wins, then Oklahoma would need a pair of victories by Baylor and a loss to Kansas by West Virginia.

No. 3 seed – Oklahoma takes the No. 3 seed by not following the previous scenario to a ‘T.’ If the Sooners lose to Kansas, they’ll fall to the third seed only if West Virginia loses one of its final two games and Baylor drops its final game against Texas Tech (in Waco).

No. 4 seed – Iowa State dusts off TCU. Baylor beats Texas Tech. Oklahoma falls to Kansas. West Virginia has to lose just once, with games against the Jayhawks and Oklahoma State.

No. 5 seed – Baylor beats Texas Tech – likely. West Virginia beats Kansas and runs the table – the real test. Oklahoma loses to Kansas. Overall, it’s not an incredibly likely scenario but it’s possible – just like the No. 1 seed. Take a look.

Based on everything that’s left to play, Oklahoma seems most likely bound for the No. 4 seed and a matchup with West Virginia – the fifth seed – at 11 a.m. on Thursday.


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