OKLAHOMA AND OKLAHOMA STATE MEET FOR THE THIRD TIME WITH MARCH MADNESS LOOMING
The Sooners (18-12, 8-10) can breathe easy heading into their third matchup with their in-state rival, but the same cannot be said for Oklahoma State (18-13, 8-10). Trae Young and Oklahoma have put together a resume that will put them in the NCAA Tournament regardless of today’s outcome, but do have an opportunity to rise their seeding. Mike Boynton and his rag tag, tough-minded Cowboys are in need of one more win to bolster their resume, and hopes of pushing them into the Big Dance.
It is Bedlam with major NCAA Tournament implications. Oklahoma got the best of Oklahoma State in the first meeting on Jan. 3 in a 109-89 win. The Cowboys then returned the favor in Stillwater in a 83-81 overtime thriller at historic Gallagher-Iba Arena. When the two rivals meet, the juices flow a little bit faster, and the game is played with more vigor.
Today, the two meet with one’s season on the line, and the pressure of winning could not be any higher.
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Kansas City, Kan.
TV: ESPN U
LISTEN: 107.7 The Franchise OKC; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
TWO TEAMS, TWO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
Oklahoma State comes into today’s game winning three of their last four, which includes home wins over Texas Tech and Kansas. The Cowboys earned a sweep of Bill Self’s Jayhawks last Saturday, something that has never happened in his career, and has not happened against Kansas since 2001.
The Sooners are back to their winning ways winning two of their last three games against Kansas State (86-77) and Iowa State (80-61) at home. However, they skidded to the finish line, going 3-8 in their final 11 games. Their last two losses (Kansas and Baylor) have been a by a combined 26.5 points.
TRAE YOUNG RACKING UP AWARDS
Since the regular season ended, Trae Young has already collected a handful of awards and honors. He was named a Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year finalist, a Naismith Trophy finalist, and selected for the Wooden Award national ballot. Today, it was announced that Young won the Wayman Tisdale Award for college basketball’s best freshman.
He was a unanimous selection on the Big 12 conference and AP All-Big 12 First Team. The Big 12 conference voted him as their Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and the AP All-Big 12 voters voted him as their Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet today, and the winner will play No. 1 seed Kansas tomorrow at 1:30. Here is the rest of the schedule via the Big 12 conference’s Twitter account: