Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Oklahoma makes the NCAA tournament

Oklahoma makes the NCAA tournament

The Sooners made the field despite winning only two games since February 1 and losing eight of the last 10.

Kruger will be guiding a team to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in his career - the 10th most among active head coaches. He's been the face of college basketball. But they have Trae Young, the nation's leading scorer.

The Rams are 7-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Charles Barkley questioned the decision to selection committee chair Bruce Rasmussen. The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. They also had the most wins against top 25 teams, six, and top 10 opponents, four, in the country. Obviously, great respect for Rhode Island and the year they've had. "We know that they stumbled down the stretch, and that certainly affected their seeding, but they had enough on their resume to get in".

Sure, games in November and December certainly do count. USC finished second in the Pac-12 and was runner-up in their conference tournament and gets snubbed.

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"There is no way in the world that Oklahoma State, if Oklahoma is in, Oklahoma State had to be in the tournament".

Barkley then jumped in, wondering acerbically just how highly the committee had ranked Oklahoma before its swoon.

The NCAA Tournament is a television show. Those are impressive numbers for a freshman.

So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn't believe it. The Cowboys are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc.

As Young struggled, Oklahoma lost.

Fellow ESPN analyst Jay Bilas chimed in on First Take, Monday morning.

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