Eventually, Syracuse was sitting at 5-6 in the ACC with five games to go when head coach Quentin Hillsman said the Orange would need to win five-straight to feel comfortable about NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.
He tweeted: "NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen told ESPN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe had nothing to do with USC, Oklahoma State or Louisville being omitted". Oklahoma State won some impressive games - they swept Kansas! - but that RPI of 88 is tough to get around.
Nearly every team decision they made was totally and completely justifiable. Defensively, Oklahoma basketball yields 81.6 points per game against the opposing teams.
"Even though it was not looking promising an hour before, we still held out hope that our quality wins on the road and at neutral sites would pay off".
The Oklahoma Sooners have won two games since February 1.
The Sooners, who finished tied for third in the Big 12 with a mark of 11-7 in league play, are a No. 12 seed for the first time.
-The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set past year.
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The NCAA released the final eight teams it was considering for four spots on Sunday, which included OU, making the wait more tense.
The Gaels ended the season with an overall record of 28-5, including a West coast Conference record of 16-2.
Oklahoma will go as far as Trae Young carries them, so it will try to see if he can carry it past a first-round game against Rhode Island. In other words, virtually identical to the Sooners except with one more victory and a better head-to-head record.
The No. 7 seed Sun Devils (21-12) will face No. 10 seed Nebraska (21-10) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Arizona time in Austin, Texas in the Kansas City Regional.
Not having Middle Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament is wrong for a lot of wrongs.
Junior point guard Frank Howard is the only Orange player with tournament experience.
First-year coach Mike Boynton wasn't the flashy name many fans wanted when he was hired last spring, but he's been winning people over one game at a time with his hard-working, no-excuses style. The teams also met in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament with the Blue Demons defeating OU, 104-100.