Oklahoma St. upends Oklahoma, likely clinches NCAA berth

Anderson's free throws gave Okie State an important victory in Big 12 tournament Bedlam.

Anderson's free throws gave Okie State an important victory in Big 12 tournament Bedlam.

Oklahoma St. seemed like a long-shot to make the NCAA tournament in early February. After beating No. 6 Oklahoma 71-70 Thursday evening, the Cowboys appear to have punched a ticket to the Big Dance.

James Anderson hit two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the ‘Pokes the lead. Blake Griffin missed a desperation 3-pointer following the free throws, and Tony Crocker and his long sleeves missed a follow-up as time expired. The clock didn’t start on the play, and the follow probably wouldn’t have counted had it gone.

Anderson was fouled in a scramble following an Eaton miss. It looked to be a good call, but one rarely made in such tight situations.

OSU struggled in non-conference play and early in the Big 12 season, but won six of seven to finish the season.

Byron Eaton reminds me of Khalid El-Amin (minus the 13 children or whatever) and had a solid outing in what figures to be his final Bedlam appearance. He scored 16 points and dished out seven assists for Oklahoma St.

The Sooners have really struggled down the stretch, largely due to Griffin’s injury and questionable team chemistry resulting from an alleged love-triangle involving freshman hot dog Willie Warren and skinny senior Austin Johnson.

OU will likely receive a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament. I loved the Sooners early this season, but now I’m not sure what to think.

OSU is probably a #7 seed right now, but has a great chance to win the Big 12 tournament.

The Kansas loss earlier today means that the top two seeds in the Big 12 tournament have been eliminated, opening the door for Baylor, Missouri, and Okie State. Stay tuned.


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