The newest, and probably last, Bracket Matrix has been posted and the Sooners are still listed on 102 out of 104 brackets and project to be an 11 seed in the tournament. If the matrix is correct, the Sooners won’t be playing in Dayton in 1 of the first 4 games. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing them play in one of those games. Sure, some see it as a “play-in game” but it would enable the team to play another 11 seed instead of a 6 in their first game, with a better chance of seeing one “go through the hoop.” Maybe a victory over an 11 seed would give the team a little confidence to win 1 or 2 afterward.
Andy Katz says the tournament field is set, per the result of the Davidson-Rhode Island A-10 final today. As I noted yesterday, a Davidson win would end up stealing a bid from someone — potentially the Sooners — so we’ve got to be Rams fans today.
Berry Tramel compared OU’s and OSU’s resumes to other tournament bubble teams and the Sooners’ resume looks as good or better than the others. Only Alabama has more Quadrant 1 wins than OU (who’s tied with Texas) and the Sooners’ RPI and KenPom rating compares favorably with most of the others as well.
If the Sooners do make it, what are their chances to make some noise? Ryan Aber examined that question and discovered that teams who have as many losses as the Sooners have often win at least 1 game in the tournament. The concern is how the Sooners have played down the stretch, of course.
Cody Stavenhagen looks at the likelihood of the Sooners getting in the tourney and concludes that there’s a pretty good chance the team will make it. There seems to be near agreement by everyone reading the tea leaves that the Sooners will hear their name called late this afternoon.
Finally, Jamuni McNeace’s Allen High Eagles won the Texas 6A state championship by breaking the hearts of incoming freshman Jamal Bieniemy’s Tompkins Falcons. Bieniemy had a great game, scoring 15 points and also had 8 assists, but turned the ball over trying to force a pass into the paint with just a few seconds left in OT. Allen stole the ball and passed it out for a run-out layup with 1.1 seconds left. Bieniemy got 1 more shot to hit a game-winning 3 but his try bounced off the back rim. His play all season long, throughout the tournament, and in the championship game gave Sooner fans a lot to look forward to next year, however. He’s smooth with the ball, finishes well, and is a great passer.
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