Preview: Iowa State at Oklahoma
Iowa State and Oklahoma will try to get past difficult losses and boost their NCAA Tournament resumes when they meet Saturday in Norman, Okla. Both squads have done plenty to impress the selection committee, but nothing is set in stone and both are coming off tough overtime setbacks. The Sooners' 92-86 loss at Texas, which is just 5-10 in league play, did not help their cause. However, Oklahoma has a favorable stretch run, hosting West Virginia and visiting last-place Texas Christian after this game.For the second time this season the Cyclones lost to Kansas in overtime, this time in a game that ended in controversy. The conference admitted to officiating errors that helped the Jayhawks force the extra session. The Cyclones have been oh-so-close too many times this year, losing all six of their league games by single digits, three of them in overtime and one in double overtime. They've led in the last minute of regulation in four of their Big 12 defeats.TV: 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3.ABOUT IOWA STATE (19-9, 9-6 Big 12): Somewhat lost in the controversy surrounding the loss to the Jayhawks was the Cyclones' school-record 17 3-pointers, which marked the seventh straight game in which Fred Hoiberg's team has made at least 10 from beyond the arc. Befitting a team that's one of three in the nation with five players averaging in double figures, five different players hit multiple treys. Also rather customary for Iowa State is to allow the other team to fill it up. Kansas shot 54.4 percent from the floor while making 13-of-25 3-pointers, including two in the final 32 seconds of regulation to erase a five-point deficit.ABOUT OKLAHOMA (18-9, 9-6): The loss to the Longhorns did not have the controversy of the Kansas-Iowa State matchup, but it stung in Norman just the same. The Sooners were up by 22 points with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation before a complete collapse. "Very disappointing," coach Lon Kruger told reporters. "We played well for 32 minutes, and we let it slip away. It's going to hurt for a while." Romero Osby scored a career-high 31 points in the loss, Oklahoma's second in overtime in a span of four games.TIP-INS1. Iowa State has won the last three meetings, including an 83-64 decision at Ames, Iowa on Feb. 4. G Will Clyburn led the way with 19 points in that one. The Cyclones have not won four straight in the series since 1965-66.2. Oklahoma G Steven Pledger has scored at least 18 points in four straight games. He needs four 3-pointers to move into second place all-time for the Sooners.3. Iowa State G Tyrus McGee, the top 3-point shooter in the Big 12, is 22-for-40 (55 percent) from beyond the arc in his last six games.PREDICTION: Oklahoma 77, Iowa State 74
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