Oklahoma makes March Madness as No. 10 seed

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"They were 2-8 [to end the season]. what, were they a No. 1 seed before they went 2-8, to drop all the way down to 10?" he asked Rasmussen, to laughter. ESPN analyst Dick Vitale went on a rant after Oklahoma State was snubbed. "To tell you the truth, it frustrates the hell out of me".

The Orange will face No. 9 seed Oklahoma State in the first-round of the tourney. The University of Texas will likely be Mississippi State's biggest threat in their region this year. 11 Florida State at home but falling to Virginia and Miami on the road.

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They played Pittsburgh, a perennial tournament team that just happened to be awful this year, and often solid squads like Charlotte and Pepperdine also had miserable seasons and brought the Cowboys' RPI down into the 80s.

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? Win one or two more in the conference, finish in the top half, and they'd unquestionably have gotten there. "All you had to do was watch them play and know that's not close to the 16th-best team in the country when this was done". He added that the Sooners were "playing in an extremely hard league", and "while there's no question they stumbled down the stretch. they had enough on their résumé to be in".

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Five players are averaging at least 9.1 points per game for Rhode Island, they are Jared Terrell (17.5), E.C. Matthews (12.8), Jeff Dowtin (9.7), Stanford Robinson (9.7) and Andre Berry (9.1). After losing in the last game of the year last season, the Bulldogs have high aspirations for this year's postseason play.

And if the coach isn't making excuses, I won't either. A nice run in the NIT will only add to the positive momentum Cowboy basketball has generated the last few months.

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