Sooners' schedule boosts them to 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid

Glen Norman
March 13, 2018

No. 1 seed Kansas, No. 2 seed Duke and No. 3 seed Michigan State are in the same region, with the Rams starting their postseason at PPG Paints Arena.

Lipscomb University (23-9) held on and upset Florida Gulf Coast University on March 4 in a thrilling 108-96 victory, clinching its first ever tournament appearance.

"I don't think it's just going to be a little blip on the radar", said John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor. Its young players get a few more practices together and it's a chance to put that chip on their shoulder to good use. "But the perseverance that they've showed this year and especially over the last 48, 72 hours. we've played ourselves hopefully (into) the tournament". But the loss to Davidson deprived the Bonnies (25-7, 21 RPI) a chance to cement their NCAA tourney hopes.

This will be the Sooners' 19th straight year in the tournament.

TBS' NCAA selection show may not have been a hit with viewers Sunday, to say the very least, but one aspect of the telecast that went over well was Charles Barkley's questioning of Oklahoma's inclusion in the tournament. "It started previous year". "It set off a group chat of my coaches. When you beat a team that is in the top 30 of the RPI ... if the name was different, everybody would be excited". "We're not scared of anybody".

"We have a lot of basketball to play", Solomon said.

The Rams were a No. 11 seed last season, downing Creighton in their opening game, 84-72, and falling short against OR, 75-72, in Sacramento. "They were 2-8 [to end the season]. what, were they a No. 1 seed before they went 2-8, to drop all the way down to 10?" he asked Rasmussen, to laughter.

"It kind of makes sense", Hurley said.

It wouldn't be a Selection Sunday if we didn't get a yearly reminder of the Power Conference bias the committee holds so dear.

And to be frank, I don't think anyone here got "snubbed".

If the Sooners win their tournament opener, they will play Saturday against the victor of Thursday's contest between No. 2 seed Duke and No. 15 seed Iona. Young leads in assists with 8.8 while Khadeem Lattin tops in rebounds with 6.0 per game. USC's is 57th. Their best win is better than Middle Tennessee State's.

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