The annual announcement of the NCAA Tournament field immediately leads to the cries of foul play from fans who felt their team was seeded too low, got a bad draw or got snubbed from the field altogether.
So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn't believe it.
Oklahoma has now advanced to 19 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, which was the fifth-longest stretch entering this season. They take on Nicholls State soon. In fact, the Sooners haven't won a road game since December 12th. There was some early doubt the Sooners would make the NCAA Tournament due to an early exit in the Big 12 Tournament but a strong finish to the regular season helped them make their case. 1 seed Kansas twice, topping teams ranked in the top seven by the AP poll a total of four times. The teams also met in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The St. Mary's Gaels went 28-5 and went into the WCC tournament ranked 20th in the nation.
The Rams had their late-season slide, but they're still a worthy candidate for second-weekend sleeper. In other words, virtually identical to the Sooners except with one more victory and a better head-to-head record. For the first time ever, Mississippi State will be the top seeded team in a region.
Not having Middle Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament is wrong for a lot of wrongs.
They played Pittsburgh, a perennial tournament team that just happened to be disgusting this year, and often solid squads like Charlotte and Pepperdine also had miserable seasons and brought the Cowboys' RPI down into the 80s. Now bound to play in the NIT, Middle Tennessee will be missed in this year's March Madness.
The Blue Raiders famously upset Michigan State back in 2016 in the tournament as a No. 15 seed and Minnesota a year ago as a No. 12 seed.