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Oklahoma Reaches NCAA Tournament Over Much Better Teams Because Trae Young

Bears among four Big 12 teams on NCAA tournament bubble Sooners limping into the Big Dance
Gerardo Duncan | 13 March, 2018, 11:30

The Sooners enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region, opening play on Thursday against No. 7 seed Rhode Island in Pittsburgh, Pa. OU's opening round matchup will be televised by CBS and tip at 11:15 a.m. CT inside PPG Paints Arena.

The Sun Devils were seeded seventh in the Kansas City Regional and will face the 10th-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday in Austin, Texas.

"Writing in The Ringer, Rodger Sherman says that USC is, ". one of the more improbable exclusions in recent NCAA tournament history". When compared with some of the teams that were left out, it just doesn't make all that much sense to me. "We could feel that today and that was pretty special". "We also thought their 6-4 record down the stretch as well as their finish inside the conference were some of the things that differentiated them from some of those other teams that didn't get into the field". At 17-16, SC never had a shot to make it.

"We as a committee definitely value strength of schedule", Lundin Bennett said.

Arizona (Emanuel Richardson) and Auburn (Chuck Person) had coaches indicted, but those teams were tournament locks by virtue of winning regular-season conference titles.

The Rams downed VCU, 70-63, in last year's A-10 championship game, clinching an automatic berth to their first March Madness appearance since 1999.

Battle is the fifth player in Syracuse history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining Lawrence Moten, Johnny Flynn, 2003 NCAA Tournament victor Gerry McNamara and Billy Owens.

OU's five wins over the weekend completes a 10-game homestand for the Sooners, who were a ideal 10-0 and extended their consecutive game win streak at home at Marita Hynes Field to14-0, dating back to last season. "It's excitement. You get to play on the biggest stage college basketball has to offer". They are really a good team. Every time we play it is a triple-digit scoring on both sides. In all, OU played 10 NCAA tournament teams.

Of those three snubs, only one - USC - was part of the first four out.

A win over the Tar Heels would have all but guaranteed the Orange a spot in the big dance.

It seems that when in doubt, the NCAA Tournament selection committee tried to avoid those schools. "There is a lot of gratitude", Coale said.

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