NCAA Tournament: Biggest snubs from Selection Sunday

Kristopher Nichols
March 13, 2018

As an Oklahoma State graduate and supporter, my fanbase certainly is in the middle of the talk after Sunday came and went without the Cowboys being part of the field.

The top four teams in the Spokane Region are top-seeded Notre Dame, Oregon, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

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.

The previous two seasons, Syracuse has run into - and lost to - CT in the NCAA tournament, in the national championship game in 2016 and the round of 32 in 2017.

An upset loss to BYU in the WCC tournament was the nail in the coffin for Saint Mary's, but that does mean they should be punished for a late-season loss while Oklahoma get rewarded for starting the season off strong? 11 Florida State at home but falling to Virginia and Miami on the road. The 16 seed in the Kansas City region, Nicholls State went 19-13 this year.

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Each had a different critique of Oklahoma, with Barkley noting the way the Sooners stumbled badly down the stretch and Vitale wondering how they could have been chosen over in-state rival Oklahoma State. The former NBA great, who usually analyzes professional basketball for TNT but has made appearances on recent selections shows, also asked about Southern California getting snubbed in favor of Arizona State and Syracuse. The USC Trojans finished second in the Pac 12.

Not only should Oklahoma not have been given a seed as high as No. 10, the Sooners shouldn't be in the tournament at all - especially at the expense of other schools who have much more impressive regular season resumes. At 17-16, SC never had a shot to make it.

Do you remember the last time a Top 25 ranked team missed out on the "Big Dance"? But the other three had very good cases for being included in the field and were left out.

Eventually, Syracuse was sitting at 5-6 in the ACC with five games to go when head coach Quentin Hillsman said the Orange would need to win five-straight to feel comfortable about NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.

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