MEN'S BB: OU vs. Colorado Preview

Oklahoma begins its postseason run today when it plays Colorado in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament at Kansas City's Spirit Center. The Sooners are attempting to reach the tournament semifinals for a ninth time while also avenging a bad loss to the Buffs last month.

You know how the old saying goes: "It's tough to beat a team 29 times in a row."

OK, so maybe that's not exactly it, but that's what the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team would have been attempting today at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City had the Bears beaten Colorado. The Sooners have beaten Baylor 28 straight times, including two times this season.

But none of that matters now because the 12th-seeded Buffaloes pulled off the 91-84 double-overtime upset over the fifth-seeded Bears on Thursday.

That sets up a 2 p.m. quarterfinal showdown today pitting No. 4 seed OU (21-10, 9-7) against the Buffaloes (12-19, 3-13) at the Spirit Center.

For Oklahoma, it's a chance to not only redeem itself for an embarrassing performance at Boulder last month, but possibly a chance to bolster its NCAA Tournament seed by advancing to at least the conference tournament semifinals with a win.

The Sooners enter the Big 12 Championship on a three-game winning streak (tied for their second longest of the year) and as winners in six of their last eight. Over the last thee outings (64-37 vs. Texas A&M, 68-56 at Oklahoma State and 75-66 vs. Missouri), OU has held its foes to 53.0 points per game and to .361 field goal and .212 (11-for-52) 3-point shooting.

Oklahoma is 85-48 all-time against Colorado, including 43-6 in the last 49 meeting. The Sooners are also 9-0 against the Buffs in postseason play, that includes two wins (1997 and 2003) against them in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

However, Colorado owns the most recent win, a 72-58 thumping of the Sooners on Feb. 9.

The Buffs shots .606 in the contest. On the flip side, Oklahoma was a measly 4-of-26 (.154) from 3-point range.

All of Oklahoma's Big 12 Championship games will air live on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network (flagship KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City) with Bob Barry, Sr. (play-by-play) and Mike Houck (analyst) calling the action. OU's Friday quarterfinals contest will be televised by ESPN Plus (KOCB Channel 34, Cox 11 in Oklahoma City; KJRH Channel 2/Cox 9 in Tulsa), ESPNU and ESPN Full Court with Dave Armstrong and Reid Gettys announcing. Saturday's semifinals contests will be televised by ESPN Plus in Big 12 markets and by ESPN2 outside of the region. Sunday's championship game will be shown nationally by ESPN.


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