OU Is In, OSU Is Out Of NCAA Basketball Tournament

OU Is In, OSU Is Out Of NCAA Basketball Tournament

Instead, the No. 10-seed Sooners will kick off the tournament against No. 7 Rhode Island at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Pittsburgh on CBS.

If the Sooners win their tournament opener, they will play Saturday against the victor of Thursday's contest between No. 2 seed Duke and No. 15 seed Iona.

Overall, the A-10 saw three teams get into the tournament. But we're excited for the guys. They had some absolutely great wins. "We know how tough that will be". Oklahoma State trailed by just a 43-42 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn't fight back after falling behind by a 63-50 margin with 8:52 left in regulation.

OSU wasn't among the last four teams out of the NCAA Tournament, according to the committee. "They can give me all the talk they want about what they did early, 14-2, but there is no way in the world - if Oklahoma is in, Oklahoma State had to be in the tournament". Hurley has coached the Rams to consecutive 25-win seasons, a feat never accomplished before at Rhode Island. Of the past seven instances that Kruger failed to reach the postseason, six of his teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament the next year.

Oklahoma freshman Trae Young was one of the faces of college basketball this season, and ESPN is a big reason for that.

On the season, Oklahoma basketball averages 85.2 points, 38.3 rebounds and 15.1 assists per game. Young was also named a Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year finalist, a Naismith Trophy semifinalist and selected for the national ballot for the Wooden Award.

An ESPN colleague of Vitale's, Jay Bilas, also didn't think much of the Sooners' inclusion in the field. But they have Trae Young, the nation's leading scorer.

The Rams finished the regular season as the A-10 regular season champions and ranked 17th in the country.

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