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Oklahoma basketball: Breakaways from a much-needed win over Texas Tech

Going into Tuesday’s game with the Red Raiders, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had Oklahoma on the 12 line and having to play its way into the NCAA Tournament as one of the last four teams in the preliminary field.

Since the beginning of the year, OU has bounced back and forth between a projected nine seed and a 12 seed, and after a humbling 17-point loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday, the Sooners were dangerously close to playing their way out of the NCAA Tournament.

In three consecutive losses — two of which came against the teams ranked No.