The Sooners' 26 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1984 are the 10th most in the nation during that span, behind only Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse and UCLA. The top 16 seeds host first- and second-round games.
A No. 6 seed is probably a line or two lower than they should be.
Davidson (20-11, 74 RPI) is no lock if it loses. Questioned by Charles Barkley during the selection show about the Sooners, Rasmussen said: "Games in November and December count the same as games in February and March". "This is what the kids play for in the summer and the offseason, and I'm just thrilled to be back in the NCAA Tournament".
Kyron Cartwright was the hero here for the Friars scoring 15 pts with many of them coming late in this overtime thriller pushing Ed Cooley's team into a title game against either Butler or Villanova. If Oklahoma wins on Friday, it will play the victor of No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 13 Drake.
After bubble teams USC, Oklahoma State and Louisville were all left out of the tournament, a conspiracy theory was launched that the selection committee avoided those schools due to the controversy surrounding them. The Big Ten only sent four and the Pac-12 only had three in down years for both marquee conferences.
Do you remember the last time a Top 25 ranked team missed out on the "Big Dance"?
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"This is what you play for", said OSU coach Jim Littell, who has now taken the Cowgirls to five NCAA Tournaments in the last six years.
"Writing in The Ringer, Rodger Sherman says that USC is, ". one of the more improbable exclusions in recent NCAA tournament history".
Selection Sunday has come and gone.
"For every team I played for, the goal was to get to the NCAA Tournament", she said. "So I think we're going to have a good day tomorrow". But we're excited for the guys.
The Cowgirls are 10-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, last winning in 2014.
Syracuse was 10-6 in ACC play, getting upset by Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament.
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