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March 5, 2013

Hield back at practice for Sooners


Up to No. 22 in the RPI

The Sooners rose to No. 22 in the latest Rating Percentage Index released by the NCAA Monday. After’s last week’s stunning loss to Texas, OU only dropped three spots in the index that is heavily weighted by the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

“If you would have said in October we would be 22 (in the RPI) at this point, we  would have been thrilled,” Kruger said. “Sure, I think anyone in the country would take that from the standpoint of at this point.”

Among Big 12 teams, Kansas (No. 4) and Kansas State (No. 18) are the only teams ahead of OU. OSU is No. 26.

Dominating at home

The Sooners have won their last four home games and beaten Kansas, TCU, Baylor and West Virgina in that span.

What’s more impressive is the largest deficit OU faced in those games was three points two minutes into the Kansas game. The Sooners took the lead for good about 5 1/2 minutes into that game.

They haven’t trailed at Lloyd Noble Center in the last 154 minutes and 26 seconds.

Seed not settled

The Sooners would be the No. 4 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament if the regular season ended today. At 10-6 in the league, the only way OU could rise any higher would with wins over West Virginia and TCU this week coupled with Oklahoma State 12-4 losing at Iowa State Wednesday and at home to Kansas State Saturday.

OU would get the nod for the No. 3 seed due to the tiebreaker. The teams split during the regular season. Then it goes to the records against the teams in the league atop the standings. Both split with Kansas. If OSU lost the Wildcats, both would have been swept by them. The tiebreaker would be their marks against Baylor. OU swept its two games against the Bears. The Cowboys split theirs.

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