Evaluating Sooners’ chances to make NCAA Tournament

The Oklahoma Sooners’ (13-10, 3-7) tournament chances have diminished over the last four weeks, but it is not a foregone conclusion.

In ESPN’s latest “NCAA Tournament Bracketology,” Joe Lunardi has Oklahoma under the category of Last Four Byes. The Last Four Byes are what Lunardi calls the last four teams on his bracket that don’t have to play a play-in game to reach the field of 64. Luckily for the Sooners, playing in the Big 12 definitely gives them a better chance to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma will host No. 9 Texas Tech on Wednesday night in a game that would be a huge win for the Sooners, especially considering they play No. 8 Kansas on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse, a place they haven’t won in since 1993.

The Sooners have lost eight of their last ten games. However, one thing in their favor is that they do have a combined six wins in the top two quadrants, including victories at home against Iowa State and Florida, along with a neutral court win over Arkansas and a road win at West Virginia.

Here is a look at the remaining regular season schedule:

Not counting the conference tournament, I believe finishing the remaining games with a 5-3 record is good enough to get Oklahoma in. Is that likely considering what we’ve seen the last ten games? No it is not. Although, Porter Moser’s squad shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

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