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Tough year for hoops in Oklahoma


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Updated: 3/06/2012 11:07 pm Published: 3/06/2012 10:46 pm


Wow. It's not a good year to be a college basketball fan in Oklahoma.

The state's best hope for a trip to the NCAA Tournament is licking its wounds after ORU was upset in the Summit League Tournament semifinals Monday night. The Golden Eagles could still get an at-large bid to the Big Dance, but it's not likely. Such is life for a mid-major, great regular season or not. ORU will most likely find out Sunday it is not going to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season.

TU's drought is even longer. The Golden Hurricane hasn't gone to the NCAA Tournament since 2003. The drought will extend to a decade if Tulsa's doesn't make it to the NCAA tournament this year. And the Hurricane's only chance to make it is to win the Conference USA Tournament. It could happen, but it will be tough. TU is the three seed and wouldn't have to face the top-seed and host team Memphis until the title game. If that happens, the odds are still stacked against the Hurricane. Tulsa just lost to the Tigers by 12 points at the Reynolds Center Saturday, and the game wasn't as close as the final score.

OSU missed out on the Big Dance last year and needs an improbable run through the Big 12 Tournament this week to make it this year. It's not likely. The 14-17 Cowboys would need to win four games in four days in Kansas City, a task that's never been accomplished before.

OU is in the same position as the Pokes. The Sooners need four wins in four days at the Big 12 Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament. To put it in perspective, Oklahoma only had five Big 12 wins all season long. The last time OU made the NCAA Tournament was in 2009.

Here's the bright side for Oklahoma college sports fans: at least the football is good. OSU, OU, and TU combined to go 30-9 last season.

And here's the bright side for Oklahoma basketball fans: man, that Thunder team is good.

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