It’s hard to tell what’s more heartbreaking. Buddy Hield’s half court buzzer beater that wasn’t, Ryan Spangler’s two missed free throws, or not getting a third round of Oklahoma-Kansas? None of that matters now, and there is no time to be down. The Sooners are dancing into the NCAA tournament most likely as a two seed with the opening round coming in their backyard. If you want a little sunshine after Friday’s 69-67 loss to West Virginia, it’s this; OU showed the type of character it takes to play in March.
Lon Kruger says”Given the things we didn’t do very well for the first 30 minutes I’m proud of fight it took to get back in it and even have a chance there at the end.” Kruger is also a realist about the outcome “At this point in the season you don’t take a lot of satisfaction in coming close.”
As difficult as it may be for this group of seniors to finish their Big 12 careers without a conference championship, college basketball is a three-week sport and it’s actual season starts now. Ryan Spangler let us know there is still a long way to go before calling this season done. “We got a lot left; we still have a lot of goals in mind, and we still got a lot of basketball left.”
Let’s hope he’s right. There is no finality in sports like March Madness, and sure would be fun to see Buddy get that one back.