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Could Oklahoma Miss The NCAA Tournament?

A closeup of Trae Young in an Oklahoma uniform.

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 19: Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners in action against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on February 19, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Oklahoma was one of the best stories in college basketball for the first half of the year. The Sooners, led by freshman sensation Trae Young, were one of the best teams in the country.

OU started the year 14-2, 4-1 in the Big 12. The Sooners notched wins against USC, Wichita State, TCU (X2) and Texas Tech.

A lot has changed since then, though. Oklahoma is now struggling in a major way.

The Sooners lost to Texas on Saturday, 77-66. The loss was the team's fifth in a row and the eighth in 10 games.

Oklahoma is now 16-10, 6-8 in the Big 12. Are the Sooners in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament?

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The national championship? These Sooners are going to have to fight to finish higher than ninth in the Big 12. They are 6-8 in the Big 12, ahead of only Iowa State and the OSU-TCU Saturday night loser, and a game at Kansas comes Monday night.

Without winning at least two of its final four regular-season games, OU will be flirting with historical fire. Only twice in history has the NCAA basketball committee selected a team that finished at least four games under .500 in conference play — 1992 Iowa State (5-9 in the Big Eight) and 1998 Florida State (6-10 in the ACC).

Oklahoma will most-likely not miss the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners have a lot of good wins and a solid resume.

But if OU continues to tailspin into March, it's possible. This thing needs to be turned around, quickly.