All that’s left for both Oklahoma basketball teams is to wait.
Both Porter Moser and by Jennie Baranczyk the teams advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, as the two programs battled for two very different goals.
On the men’s side, Moser’s team needed to pick up one or two more signature wins to present a final case to the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee as to why they should be included in the big dance.
In Baranczyk’s case, his team is firmly entrenched in the tournament. But if things go well for the Sooner women in Kansas City, Oklahoma could end up hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
On Thursday night, the Oklahoma men took a crucial first step to ensure their weekend would be a success.
Behind a fine performance by Jacob Bosquets, OU upset the No. 3-ranked Baylor Bears 72-67. The win pushed the Sooners firmly back into the tournament bubble, but they fell short of a huge second win at T-Mobile Center.
On Friday night, Moser’s team came within a point of losing No. 14 Texas Tech, falling to the Red Raiders 56-55.
After the loss, Moser made a final impassioned plea for why his team should hear his name called Pick Sunday.
The OU men will know their fate on Sunday at 5 p.m., when the men’s tournament draw will be revealed live on CBS.
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Baranczyk’s team started a day later in Kansas City, and they also went 1-1 in the Big 12 tournament.
First, the No. 21-ranked Sooners avenged their loss in the regular-season finale, outscoring Kansas 80-68 inside the Municipal Auditorium.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma, he ran into Baylor’s buzzsaw on Saturday morning.
NaLyssa Smith dropped 37 points en route to a comfortable win for the Bears as OU fell 91-76. A third win over the Bears this season would surely have propelled Oklahoma into the top 16 in the nation, which would see the Sooners host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Instead, Baranczyk and his team will have to wait for the full 68-team field to be revealed to find out if they will have to hit the road next weekend.
The women’s tournament draw will be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday night on ESPN.
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