NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's basketball team got more than rest from a Wednesday night off of Big 12 competition. The Sooners also received new life in the race for the Big 12 Regular Season Championship.
Last night in Big 12 play was characteristic of the topsy-turvy conference season with first place Nebraska and Texas A&M falling victim to upsets by Texas Tech and Iowa State, respectively.
The result is a four-team logjam for first place in the Big 12. OU, Baylor, A&M and Nebraska all have identical 9-3 league records.
Nebraska was upset on its home court by Texas Tech, which had lost three straight games entering the contest. Tech was led by 6-6 senior center Patrice Edwards, who hit two free throws with 24 seconds left then blocked a potential game winning shot by the Huskers in the final seconds.
A&M fell victim to Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum, where the Aggies have never won (0-6) during the Big 12 era. Nicky Wieben had 20 points and seven rebounds and Toccara Ross chipped in a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards to lead the Cyclones in the win.
After a night of upsets the Sooners are again in strong contention for the league crown. OU currently owns a first place tie breaker with Nebraska and Baylor. Although the Sooners and Lady Bears will square off at the Lloyd Noble Center in the regular season finale Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. on FSN.
Texas A&M owns a tiebreaker with OU, Nebraska and Baylor, but the Aggies also have a remaining meeting with Baylor.
Nebraska owns a tiebreaker with Baylor, having won their meeting in Lincoln on Feb. 3.
Baylor does not currently own a tiebreaker with any of the first place teams, but is certainly a major factor with remaining games against Big 12 South rivals A&M and OU.
All four teams have four remaining Big 12 games. On paper Texas A&M has the toughest stretch with games at Oklahoma State and Baylor, in addition to home contests against Texas and Texas Tech.
Below are the current Big 12 standings and remaining schedules for OU, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas A&M:
Big 12 Tiebreaker Information
Tiebreakers - The first criteria in the breaking of ties in the standings shall be head-to-head competition of tied teams. The following procedure will be used to establish the championship seeds if ties exist. (For tiebreaking procedures teams will be grouped in two divisions based upon established guidelines. Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska are in one division and Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are in the other division.)
(a) If two teams are tied and they are from different divisions, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the higher seed.
(b) If two teams are tied and they are from the same division, the team with an advantage in head-to-head competition shall be the higher seed.
(c) If two teams remain tied, there will be a comparison of overall record against division teams only (10 divisional games).
(d) If two teams remain tied, there will be a comparison of record against the highest ranked team(s) (based upon Conference winning percentage) in the division and proceeding through in order of divisional record.
(e) If two teams remain tied, there will be a *comparison of record against the highest ranked team(s) (based upon Conference winning percentage) in the opposite division and proceeding through in order of divisional record.
(f) If two teams remain tied, the higher seed will be chosen by draw.
(g) If three or more teams are tied, ties among divisional opponents will be broken first by using steps (b) through (f) and the head-to-head results will be used to break ties between non-divisional teams. When three or more teams from the same division are tied step (b) will consist of a mini- round robin among the tied teams. At any point during the process of breaking ties among three or more teams that the number of tied teams are reduced to two, head-to-head competition would be used as the primary tie-breaker, followed-by steps (c) through (f).
Note: When comparing against the "highest ranked team(s)" in either division, the comparison will be based upon how tied teams did against all teams in a given placement, rather than a team that wins a tiebreaker at another position. For example, if two teams are tied for fifth and two teams are tied for first, the head-to-head comparison would be how the fifth place teams did against the first place teams combined, and vice-versa.
Draw - In the event tiebreaking procedures are unsuccessful and a draw is necessary in determining seeding, the following procedure will be used:
(a) The drawing will be conducted in public or with media attendance
(b) Institutions involved in the drawing have the right to have a local representative in attendance at the drawing
(c) A single slip of paper with names representing each of the tied institutions will be placed into a container and will be drawn in order of seeding from highest (#1) to lowest (#12).