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Bracketology 2024: Gonzaga, Michigan State and Nevada among week's biggest winners

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Oklahoma Sooners

It’s been a rough few weeks for the Sooners, losing 5 of the last 8 games. The loss last weekend at UCF isn’t considered bad since that’s a Quad 1 defeat. However, there have been concerns about this program's viability in Big 12 play.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma took on BYU at home, one of the biggest surprises in the country this season. It was a tie game at the halftime break before the Sooners scored 48 points in the second half to get an 82-66 victory. Javion McCollum had 20 points, while Milos Uzan went for 16 points and four assists. It’s an easy Quad 1 victory, giving them three on the season.

Just as important, the Sooners were able to avoid a Quad 3 loss this weekend at home against rival Oklahoma State. The final score was 66-62, with Jalon Moore being the only double-digit scorer with 15 points and eight rebounds. OK State and WVU are the only two games at home that are not a Quad 1/2 game for Big 12 teams so Oklahoma avoiding that was important for them to avoid sliding into the bubble.

There are two huge games for the Sooners coming up, taking on Baylor and Kansas. A simple split for them would be huge for them to lock in an NCAA Tournament bid.