In the mind of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the Oklahoma Sooners, holders of a 16-8 record, would be a 4-seed if the season ended today.
That’s higher than many expected, especially considering the Sooners have lost their last three games and four out of their last five. Just last week, Oklahoma lost at home to West Virginia and on the road at Iowa State. After the loss to the Cyclones, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello said the Sooners were in a “free fall” and “teetering toward a potential 8-9 game in the first round.”
All of this is not to say that the Sooners aren’t a very good basketball team. With Trae Young on the roster, Oklahoma has the capability to win any game it plays. The Sooners were just in the midst of a poor run of form heading into the announcement of the Top 16 seeds on Sunday, and as a result, fans and experts alike were confused.
I think Gonzaga and URI both have stronger cases but Oklahoma does have a lot of quality wins https://t.co/il5hLG8yJ5
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 11, 2018
How was Oklahoma in that top 16 today? We beat them twice.
Not saying we deserve to be in there, but give me a break.
— Gold And Blue Zone (@GoldAndBlueZone) February 11, 2018
— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) February 11, 2018
Strongly disagree with Oklahoma on the No. 4 line. I'd have had Gonzaga, West Virginia or frankly a handful of other teams ahead of the Sooners.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) February 11, 2018
I have nothing against Oklahoma. They’re a fine team; an NCAA Tourney caliber team. Some great wins. But when you’ve lost six straight road games, you don’t belong ranked in the top 20. Top 20 teams win home or away.
— Chris DiSano (@CDiSano44) February 11, 2018
Also can we stop with the Oklahoma love affair? They’re 16-8….. They should be like a 9 seed. https://t.co/XZI9dmGT5J
— Block O Blog (@BlockOBlog) February 11, 2018
Not sure how Oklahoma is still a top 4 seed over Gonzaga, Rhode Island.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 11, 2018
Surprised to see Oklahoma sitting on a 4 seed, but will withhold outrage since, you know, it's Feb. 11
— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) February 11, 2018
All in all, O’Neil probably has the right idea. There’s so much that can happen between now and the actual Selection Sunday show. Oklahoma could rally to win the Big 12 or continue on a slide down the standings or anything in between.
The Sooners should be encouraged by today’s ranking — even if it did leave plenty of people scratching their heads.
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