The question for Oklahoma entering the Big 12 Tournament is whether the Sooners can beat Oklahoma State for a third time this season.
But the bigger concern is advancing to the next round. Oklahoma has lost four straight Big 12 Tournament games in Kansas City and hasn’t won here since 2011.
Last season it was Baylor who knocked out the Sooners, who were a No. 2 seed and lost 78-73 in the quarterfinals after falling behind by 16 at halftime. That’s something Oklahoma, seeded third this year, is working to avoid against the No. 6 seed Cowboys.
“They came out and they hit us really early,” guard Buddy Hield, the Big 12 player of the year, said of Baylor. “We need to keep our heads up and don’t let them get aggressive.”
Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 82-65 in Norman but the Cowboys only lost 64-56 at home.
“Our guys respect how tough they are, how good they are,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.