Oklahoma basketball: Sooner women sneak into NCAA Tourney as a 12 seed

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There was a common thread between some of the biggest snubs in this year's NCAA Tournament, one that seems to make a lot of sense.

And yet, they'll be dancing in March instead of incredibly more deserving teams.

Oklahoma will go as far as Trae Young carries them, so it will try to see if he can carry it past a first-round game against Rhode Island. And Oklahoma had six wins against top 35 RPI [teams]. In fact, the Sooners haven't won a road game since December 12th. Miami went 11-7 in the ACC and was a top-25 team, so they couldn't be left out either.

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

The Gaels ended the season with an overall record of 28-5, including a West coast Conference record of 16-2. This comes on the heels of MSU earning the highest end of season ranking in program history.




Speaking of Oklahoma, look no further than the inconceivable exclusion of Oklahoma State, who happened to defeat the Sooners twice this season, including a win in the Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma's willingness to play tough teams and their good finish in the Big 12 were the main reasons why the Sooners made the tourney. In other words, virtually identical to the Sooners except with one more victory and a better head-to-head record. 1 seed Kansas twice, topping teams ranked in the top seven by the AP poll a total of four times.

Oklahoma will be making its 31st NCAA Tournament appearance, including its 26th in the past 35 years. ESPN's Charlie Creme said Oklahoma didn't deserve a bid.

After winning the Conference USA tournament in 2016 and 2017, Middle Tennessee lost in an upset to Southern Mississippi in the quarter finals.

They played Pittsburgh, a perennial tournament team that just happened to be awful this year, and often solid squads like Charlotte and Pepperdine also had miserable seasons and brought the Cowboys' RPI down into the 80s.

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