After it took him 73 and a half minutes to tie it, Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin wasted no time breaking the program record for blocks with his 231st about three and a half minutes into senior night against Iowa State.
Lattin entered the season needing just 57 to pass Al Beal's mark, set in 1977-80. However, in the last three games, he was relegated to the bench in favor of Jamuni McNeace. He went four complete games without recording a block before getting his 230th at Baylor Tuesday.
The team's only senior, Lattin started in the 81-60 win over the Cyclones (13-17, 4-14) Friday at Lloyd Noble Center. His night didn't go completely to plan as he fouled out with 5:47 remaining, tallying just one point, four rebounds and a block in 15 minutes.
That didn't stop him from having fun. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he went to the bench and he even got a curtain call. After the game he danced on top of a table in front of the student section before he grabbed the OU flag and mimicked planting it at mid court.
• Getting to 18: OU didn't want to leave its NCAA tournament future in doubt in its regular-season finale.
No team in the last decade has secured an at-large bid to the big dance with just 17 wins. Six teams have done it with 14 losses and four teams have had 18 wins. Under the NCAA's new selection criteria, OU has six Quadrant 1 wins and three in Quadrant 2. When combined, that's one of the highest totals in the country. ESPN's latest projection, released Thursday, had the Sooners as a 10-seed.
Iowa State had won 10 or more Big 12 games for six consecutive seasons before this year. Coach Steve Prohm had won 20 or more games in each of his six seasons as a head coach, four at Murray State and two at Iowa State, before this season... Rashard Odomes received a technical foul for talking to Iowa State forward Jeff Beverly after a layup through a foul midway through the second half... A fan hit a half-court shot on his final attempt, of three, to win $5,000 at halftime.
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