Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Oklahoma Reaches NCAA Tournament Over Much Better Teams Because Trae Young

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Glenn Montgomery | 13 March, 2018, 11:30

At one point this season Arizona State was ranked inside the Top 5 nationally, but they really fell on some hard times and somehow found a way back into the tournament field.

Baylor lost 14 games.

Kansas is to the Big 12 Conference what the Patriots are to the AFC East.

"If I had to choose a location, we would have chosen that location just because of our proximity to Tempe and our fans, travel time and time change for us", head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. The positive arguments are there - two wins against a No. 1 seed (Kansas), a road win at a No. 5 (West Virginia), a home win against a No. 3 (Texas Tech) and wins against multiple other tournament teams - Texas, Oklahoma, at Florida State.

Earlier in the week Parker won her 100th collegiate game, yielding one hit and striking out a dozen hitters, in a 6-0 Sooner win over Saint Francis (Pennsylvania).

They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble - Alabama - to one of the best teams in the country. Arizona State was just as bad, losing five of its last six games. Purdue made the cut at 16-12 in 2005. Villanova beat Providence to win the conference tourney on Saturday.

Tickets for the NCAA First/Second Round games will be available through the Texas A&M University and go on sale at 1:30 p.m. CT Tuesday.

St. Bonaventure: Coach Mark Schmidt plans to pray on Selection Sunday.

The Rhode Island Rams (25-7) are coming from a 58-57 loss to Davidson in the final game of the A10 division.

"I don't know if we could have done any better", Schmidt said about building the Bonnies' resume. But we're excited for the guys. But the Blue Raiders (23-7, 34 RPI) must rely on getting an at-large berth after getting upset by Southern Mississippi in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament. Both Oklahoma State (Lamont Evans) and USC (Tony Bland) had assistant coaches indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on bribery and wire fraud. The NCAA's "corporate champions" (because calling them what they are, corporate sponsors, would only make the argument for paying players easier) aren't creating ads dripping with Americana to run between stretches of a bunch of Australians running roughshod over a good, hearty, land-grant university from the Eastern time zone. OU was among the final eight teams considered for four spots, according to an NCAA release on Sunday. They're probably NIT-bound.

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