What happens to Bedlam hoops series after Oklahoma's SEC move? Oklahoma State guard shares an idea
When Oklahoma moves to the SEC, its schedules for all its sports teams are going to look quite different. And if the Sooners still want to play some of their former Big 12 rivals, they’ll need to schedule matchups against them during non-conference play.
One of the biggest rivalries that Oklahoma has is the Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State. And Isaac Likekele, a senior guard on the Cowboys’ men’s basketball team, doesn’t want to see that series end.
In fact, Likekele shared his idea for how the Bedlam Series should continue in men’s hoops while speaking at Big 12 Media Day on Wednesday.
“I think it’s good because now, I feel as if the OU vs. OSU can go down one time a year at like a neutral location, or even better yet, if they can do it home-and-home for like a five-year-contract type of deal, or something like that, just to keep the rivalry going,” Likekele said, per Riley Gates of 247Sports.com. “I think every time that game is played, it’ll be sold out, no matter where it’s at. If they play one time a year — and I don’t think it should happen during the non-conference preseason.
“I think it should happen right around the time where we have the Big 12/SEC Challenge, or before where we go for Christmas break and you get those two weeks where you can schedule a game before the conference starts, maybe that. But like the first five, six games, I don’t think it should be then. You want to see both teams be able to reach their potential, get games under their belt and then meet up.”
The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State men’s basketball series dates back to 1976. Although the Cowboys have won the past 3 meetings between the schools, the Sooners lead the series, 59-41.
This upcoming season, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are set to face off on Feb. 5 and Feb. 26.
While the Sooners’ move to the SEC is imminent, perhaps Likekele’s idea will come to fruition — or one that is similar to it — and this storied in-state rivalry will continue well into the future.