SI predicts ‘contentious seeding’ for Sooners in NCAA Tournament

No matter where the Oklahoma Sooners land when the NCAA Tournament seeds are announced, someone’s going to be mad about it.

At least, that’s what Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated predicts. Because the Sooners have had such an up-and-down season — beating Kansas, Texas Tech and TCU to reach No. 4 in the nation before losing six straight games — they’re one of the hardest teams to evaluate. When the selection committee convenes, it’ll have a difficult decision to make.

“We are duty-bound to discuss Oklahoma, by virtue of this being a bracket projection column, coupled with their suffering through one of the most glaring tailspins in recent memory,” Beller wrote. Still, the Sooners do have great wins on their resume, as noted above. And when Trae Young is cooking, he’s one of the best players in the country. The committee doesn’t take recency of losses into consideration, Beller noted, so Oklahoma won’t be penalized for having a late-season meltdown.

For all of these reasons, he foresees Oklahoma landing comfortably in the NCAA Tournament, even if its seeding might not be as high as some would expect.

“The recency of Oklahoma’s precipitous slide may have you rethinking how far you’ll have them going in your bracket pool, with good reason, but it won’t have the committee debating whether they should be a tournament team,” Beller wrote. They remain safely in the field of 68.”

That’s good news for the Sooners. But if they don’t start building some momentum soon, they could be looking at an early exit when March rolls around.

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