Oklahoma basketball: NCAA Selection Committee chairman explains Sooners' inclusion

The victor of No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) and No. 10 Providence (21-13) awaits in a potential second-round matchup for UNC, which was sent to Charlotte instead of Duke. The Aztecs had some struggles earlier in the season but will carry a nine-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament after beating New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Penn received a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament, and will play No. 1 seed Kansas in Wichita, Kan., in the first round on Thursday. That included two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, a home win against eventual Big Ten Tournament champ MI and a neutral-court win against Ohio State. The Tide was seeded No. 8 with the Hokies being No. 9.

The RPI rating is the biggest factor working against the Cowgirls.

Kansas State vs. CreightonFriday, approx. Top-seeded and No. 25 Rhode Island looked like a lock to get into the field of 68 no matter what happened Sunday. SEC tournament runner-up Tennessee is also in the South, alongside No. 2 seed and AAC champion Cincinnati.

So maybe that's where some of the bubble talk is coming from.

"The games in November and December count the same as the games in February and March", said Rasmussen, in contradiction with everything else the committee claims to go by.

St. Bonaventure men's basketball is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after earning its first at-large bid since 2000.

So, to be clear - you need to schedule tough nonconference opponents, unless you're in a power conference. They demonstrated that in their most recent two games, a win and a loss to the same Alabama team.

Montana is the regular-season and tournament champion of the Big Sky.

Who are the teams to watch in the tournament this year?

The Wildcats would only lose two games in a row once in Pac-12 play, a road loss to Washington on a buzzer-beater and a home defeat at the hands of UCLA. OU lost to Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State twice and at TCU when the Horned Frogs were ranked No. 24.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has now taken the West Virginia Basketball program to the NCAA Tournament nine of his 11 seasons in Morgantown and his 10 post season tournament.

The game will mark a departure from what was anticipated for the Wildcats with most in the media assuming Arizona would stay in the West as the No. 4-seed with the outside chance that UA would be moved out only if it earned a No. 3-seed.

  • Joanne Flowers