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Loss To Iowa State Puts Oklahoma On Bubble Alert
March 14, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Oklahoma now joins the group of teams who are sweating. When the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced Sunday, the Sooners will be on the bubble. True, it's better than where OU was last year when its record precluded post-season play.

"Obviously a lot of it depends on upsets and other games," said Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, who could become the first coach to lead five different teams to the NCAA Tournament. "But I'd like to think this group's deserved an opportunity."

The Sooners went 11-7 in Big 12 play but finished 20-11 thanks to Thursday's 73-66 loss to Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship. Oklahoma led by 12 points with 7:42 remaining but couldn't close the deal.

OU has lost three of its last five. The Sooners let a 22-point second-half lead at Texas slip away in an overtime loss and then closed the season with a loss at last-place TCU.

"We're always going to be nervous about it," Oklahoma senior Romero Osby said of the team's bubble status. "But you can't really worry about it. But we hope we're in. We think we should be in. But it's not about us, it's about the committee and what they feel. And we have lost two straight games, so they're going to look at that. But hopefully we're still able to make it."


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