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Oklahoma Sooners make case for March Madness with win over Texas

Oklahoma Sooners beat Texas Longhorns, March Madness hopes
Oklahoma Sooners beat Texas Longhorns, March Madness hopesPhoto by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The Oklahoma Sooners seemed like a lock for the March Madness college basketball tournament but some uncharacteristic losses late in the season dropped them in Bracketology, with ESPN dropping them to a seven seed. However, the Sooners big win over the No. 24 Texas Longhorns on March 1 might help move them back up some.

Earlier in the season, Oklahoma made it back into the college basketball rankings for the first time since Blake Griffin walked on campus, but they fell after a couple of tough losses and have never made it back despite big wins over ranked teams.

Now, at 21-8 on the season, Oklahoma will return to the March Madness college basketball tournament for the first time since Blake Griffin led them to the Elite Eight in 2009.

The Sooners big win came by a score of 77-65 and it gave the Longhorns their fourth straight road loss. This win gave OU the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Longhorns and now OU will rank either second or third in the Big 12, meaning that they won't have to face the Kansas Jayhawks until the finals if they make it that far, helping their March Madness ranking even more if they can pull off some quality wins in the Big 12 tournament.

Also with the win, it means that the Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team swept both their major rivals - Texas and Oklahoma State - this season, proving that Lon Kruger has really brought the team back to life after a few years of lackluster play. It was the first time in the history of the Big 12 that OU swept both OSU and Texas in the same season.