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Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Oklahoma basketball: Sooners one-and-done in Big 12 Tournament

Oklahoma basketball: Sooners one-and-done in Big 12 Tournament

His decision on whether to go pro or not.

On multiple occasions this season, Oklahoma State basketball has seemed eliminated from NCAA Tournament consideration.

During that win, Kendall Smith recorded a career-high with 25 points and Mitchell Solomon added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cowboys (18-13, 8-10 Big 12), who beat the Sooners 83-81 in the last meeting between the two teams.

There also hasn't been a freshman who has taken on more of a burden than Young, who's second in the nation in usage (37.1 percent). Which leads to this week's Big 12 Conference Tournament. Many experts project him as a high first-round draft pick if he leaves for the National Basketball Association after this season. Leading scorer Jared Terrell sits at a healthy 41 percent on the season but the rest of the roster will need to knock down some shots during the week.

Kansas State and Texas Tech are the other two favorites to perform well in Kansas City. This scenario may be exciting this week, but come NCAA Tournament time, it is pretty much a guarantee of a second-round loss. Red ink drowned Oklahoma backers this year.

The 6-2 point guard has been venerated as the second coming of Stephen Curry, leading the nation in points (27.4) and assists (8.8) per game almost all season.

"We did an MRI as soon as practice was over", Self said Wednesday. Chris Paul stayed two years.

One more season at Iowa State should help Wigginton become more of a playmaker and also improve his defense a bit.

Young got off to such a fast start this season that even at just 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, it appeared his offensive talent could potentially offset other concerns, such as his ability to guard on the ball and whether his slender frame could handle National Basketball Association punishment.

Oklahoma State and Texas made it out of the first round, while Oklahoma fell to its in-state rival. I don't know if there was contact or anything like that. Oklahoma has an impressive six Quadrant 1 wins, while Arizona State has three.

For K-State to lock up that tenth spot, it will likely need to beat TCU in the first round of Big 12 Tournament and then have a respectable showing in the semi-finals against probably Kansas.

Opening Day of the Big 12 Tourney features two games on Wednesday.

Still, NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Curry are among his fans. WVU senior point guard Jevon Carter said of the biggest challenges when facing Baylor. It already plays great defense most of the time, so if the shots are falling, watch out. "Then we have to do what we do - turn them over and get out in transition". But he can't cash in on his marketability until he goes pro, though money isn't the sole concern.

"We just knew it was going to be a grind-out game the whole game".

"It means a lot, coming from someone who I looked up to". It would be quite the feat for first year coach Mike Boynton and his Cowboys to win a third. While the old adage that it's awfully hard to beat a team three times in the same season is accepted in some circles and laughed at in others, the fact remains that Kansas can not do what it did against the Cowboys in the first two meetings and expect the outcome to be any different. Self's squad failed to bring home the bacon in six of their final nine games. He is just the second player from a major conference to reach 800 points during the regular season in the past 20 years, joining JJ Redick of Duke (833 in 2005-06).

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