Oklahoma makes March Madness as No. 10 seed

Hannah Rogers
March 13, 2018

The Sooners enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region, opening play on Thursday against No. 7 seed Rhode Island in Pittsburgh, Pa. OU's opening round matchup will be televised by CBS and tip at 11:15 a.m. CT inside PPG Paints Arena.

Arizona State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, although guard Shannon Evans II was there with coach Bobby Hurley and Buffalo in 2015.

"We understand that there probably were some things that we could have controlled better over the course of the season", Boynton said.

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). We don't have to go to Kansas. Evans led the conference with 91 3-pointers, Justice had 74 and Holder 66.

The Devils were rewarded by the selection committee for strong non-conference victories over Kansas and Xavier, as well as Pac-12 wins over UCLA, USC and Utah. Even after 42 seasons.

For bubble teams, that makes the Atlantic 10 final in Washington the most important game to watch on Selection Sunday.

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"Our strength of schedule, something the committee has always talked about, we've been criticized for in the past". The teams play contrasting styles.

Other teams under consideration for the last four in and first four out were Buffalo, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia.

Oklahoma will be making its 31st NCAA Tournament appearance, including its 26th in the past 35 years.

The Orange opened the season hot, winning 11-straight by an average of almost 15 points.

"It's been a lot of hard work", URI guard Jared Terrell said. Together with Battle, Howard could help lead Syracuse to a win here.

It's OU's 19th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the fifth longest streak in the nation. 'Nova had six players average double figures this season. But the last time people questioned Syracuse's inclusion to the NCAA Tournament, Boeheim and company took their 10 seed all the way to the Final Four. Teams are seeded too low, arch-rivals are seeded too high, good teams are left out and regionals are always stacked against a fan's favorite team. "We're happy to be playing".

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