Oklahoma basketball: NCAA selection committee has Sooners as No. 4 seed

Casey Dawson
February 12, 2018

The Sooners are losers of three in a row, but have notable wins over Oregon, Wichita State, Texas Tech and Kansas.

"Auburn can not go to Atlanta because we can not have the top No. 1 seed play the top No. 2 seed", NCAA men's committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce D. Rasmussen said on CBS.

Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament is 4 weeks away. Duke was the second-best ACC team, listed at the No. 7 overall seed (No. 2 seed in East Region).

The Rams are 1-3 against Quadrant 1 opponents but the quadrant's arbitrary cutoff has done them an injustice.

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However, they did not significantly damage Purdue's NCAA Tournament resume in the eyes of the selection committee. It also placed Clemson, the top No. 3 seed, in Omaha because there were already ACC teams in Boston and Atlanta.

So while Virginia Tech's away win vs. Virginia was an RPI top-50 win previous year, it is now a Quadrant 1 win. The Tigers, who extended their SEC lead to two games with a win at Georgia on Saturday, are sitting pretty as the fifth overall seed thanks to a almost flawless non-conference schedule and seven true road wins, including five in league play.

Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2.

Numerous top seeds have suffered recent losses, but those were balanced out by key wins early in the season. But keep in mind that Oklahoma and Arizona rank even lower than the Rams' in those metrics in addition to worse standings in resume-ranking metrics like RPI, yet those Power-5 schools snuck in as the last two No. 4 seeds. Kansas (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) lost to Baylor this week and has dropped two of three to fall a game behind Texas Tech in its bid to win a 14th straight Big 12 championship.

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