Both the Oklahoma men’s and women’s basketball teams were on the bubble, and both earned their way into the NCAA Tournament.
The Oklahoma women are a 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners will take on 5-seed DePaul in College Station, Tex., at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, March 16. The two teams have already played once this season, with DePaul winning 111-108 in overtime in the second game of the season.
As you can see, the players were very fired up to make the field of 68.
You just have to believe.
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— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_WBBall) March 12, 2018
Oklahoma’s willingness to play tough teams and their good finish in the Big 12 were the main reasons why the Sooners made the tourney.
Per NCAA Tournament selection committee member Rhonda Lundin Bennett, factors that got OU into the tournament:
– Strength of schedule
– 6-4 record down the stretch
– finish inside the conference (OU finished tied for third with OSU)
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 12, 2018
Even so, the Sooners were 16-14, which is a fairly low winning percentage for an NCAA Tournament team — in fact, it’s the lowest for any at-large bid in the women’s tournament since 1983. ESPN’s Charlie Creme said Oklahoma didn’t deserve a bid.
“Oklahoma’s inclusion is the biggest head-scratcher if we are truly talking full body of work,” Creme wrote. “Oklahoma got into the field based on what Rutgers turned into the final month, not on what the Sooners achieved themselves.”
Sooners fans won’t mind the complaint from the experts, however.
This is the 19th straight season the Sooners have made the NCAA Tournament. They made the Final Four in back-to-back years in 2008-09 and 2009-10, but have not made it past the Sweet Sixteen since.