Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) goes to the floor for a loose ball with Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll, right, during the first half of a Big 12 Tournament game in Kansas City, Missouri on March 7. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Both Oklahoma's men's and women's basketball teams were oh-so-close to missing out on their respective NCAA Tournaments.
Both are dancing. One day after the Oklahoma men's basketball team squeaked its way into the NCAA Tournament, the Oklahoma women's team did the same.
The men's team got in on Sunday with an 18-13 record, despite losing eight of its final 10 games. Oklahoma's women's team was one of the last four teams in on Monday, barely getting in with a 16-14 record.
You just have to believe.
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— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_WBBall) March 12, 2018
The 12th-seeded women will play in the Spokane Regional against fifth-seeded DePaul on Friday in College Station, Texas.
The women's team had an unexpected supporter in its bid to secure a spot. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey stood up for Oklahoma and coach Sherri Coale last week after the Lady Bears defeated Texas to win the Big 12 tournament. She said Oklahoma should be commended for being willing to play tough teams.
In case folks don’t know, this is what Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said, without being prompted, after the Big 12 title game in defense of #Oklahoma and perhaps her biggest rival, Sherri Coale. @OU_WBBall @bepryor @DougFeinberg pic.twitter.com/iTaHW7iPFx
— Cliff Brunt (@CliffBruntAP) March 13, 2018
The Oklahoma men's team will play Rhode Island on Thursday in the Midwest Regional. The wild celebration shows that the Sooners knew just how fortunate they were to get in after stumbling down the stretch.
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Men's coach Lon Kruger was blunt about how his team has performed this season.
"Well, obviously, anytime you play in the tournament, you're delighted," he said. "Long year, and we've had the extremes all in one year, from very good play to less than that."
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