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March 12, 2013

Sooners get back to business after loss to TCU

NORMAN — Oklahoma went about its business Monday. The typical 90-minute practice went off without a hitch. The lingering effects from Saturday’s regular-season ending 70-67 loss to TCU were beyond the Sooners’ control.

“It was very disappointing and it was hard to anticipate given that we had shot the ball so well and played with really good energy. We didn’t do either on Saturday,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “TCU had really good energy and took the fight to us and we didn’t respond very well. Guys bounced back today. We’re anxious to have another couple days of practice.”

Those who project the NCAA Tournament field for a living still have the Sooners in the field of 68. ESPN had the Sooners as a No. 10 seed. CBS dropped them to a No. 11 seed. USA Today still has OU as a No.7 seed.

The NCAA tournament selection committee makes the ultimate decision when they convene in Indianapolis later this week to prepare the bracket for Sunday’s selection show.

The Sooners know their last game didn’t leave a very good impression. All they can do is turn their full attention to Thursday’s meeting with Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

As far as the NCAA tournament is concerned, OU knows any victories it gets in the conference tournament will greatly strengthen its case for the field of 68.

Players were trying to turn a blind eye to mock brackets for the time being.

“I haven’t looked at it. I’ll just let the chips fall where they may,” OU forward Romero Osby said. “We have to take care of business on Thursday. We can guarantee ourselves a spot in the (NCAA) tournament if we win this (the Big 12) tournament. If we win three games, we know we’re in the (NCAA) tournament. That’s the way we’re looking at it.”

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