If you’re skeptical about picking Oklahoma in your bracket after watching the Sooners struggle the past few weeks, remember OU has the 15th hardest schedule in the country. None of their losses came outside The Big 12. Oh, yeah, the Big 12 has seven teams going to the dance including the number one overall seed Kansas. When your opponents see you, at least, twice a year, it eliminates the element of surprise. In the early part of the season, OU was able to run teams off the court, in league play, opposing coaches we not as intimated.
Ryan Spangler says it will be a relief to get outside of the conference. “It’ll be nice playing somebody else. They don’t fully know how to guard us; don’t know what we do, but the same thing for us we don’t know how to guard them yet, that’s why you’ve got to watch film.”
An older battle tested team is what OU brings to this year’s NCAA tournament. 4 players on this squad have started 100 straight games. According to Spangler, that is a significant advantage in March. “I think we know how to play well with each other; we know what each other’s going to do at all time. The biggest thing is leadership, we all have that experience and know how to work with the rest of our teammates.”
There ‘s not much Lon Kruger’s bunch hasn’t gone through this year. The press of West Virginia, the physicality of Texas, the up-tempo play of Iowa State, and, of course, two rounds with the best team in the country.
The Sooners should be ready for anything March Madness can throw at them. The survived the Big 12, now just advance past the rest of the field.