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THEY'RE IN! Arizona State Sun Devils advance to NCAA Tournament

Selection Sunday: Oklahoma to play Thursday against Rhode Island; Oklahoma State gets home NIT game; Get your NCAA tournament bracket here THEY'RE IN! Arizona State Sun Devils advance to NCAA Tournament
Ray Hunter | 13 March, 2018, 11:31

OSU is a two seed in the 32-team field, but the Cowboys didn't make the NCAA Tournament in Boynton's first season.

The Oklahoma State men's basketball team didn't hear its name called on Selection Sunday. Oklahoma State (19-13) had a better record than sputtering Oklahoma (18-13) and swept Big 12 champion and Midwest No. 1 seed Kansas.

For bubble teams, that makes the Atlantic 10 final in Washington the most important game to watch on Selection Sunday.

Earlier in the week Parker won her 100th collegiate game, yielding one hit and striking out a dozen hitters, in a 6-0 Sooner win over Saint Francis (Pennsylvania).

The Sooners are one of four Big 12 Conference teams to be selected for the NCAA Tournament, joined by Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State. Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as No. 1 seeds, but they, along with the other 64 contenders, will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups.

After announcing the field for the Big Dance each year, fans of most teams find something to dislike about the work the committee has done.

Of those three snubs, only one - USC - was part of the first four out.

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The Gaels ended the season with an overall record of 28-5, including a West coast Conference record of 16-2.

Though they earned the right to play in the NCAA Tournament, they will have a tough time getting through the tournament. It also features arguably the nation's most electric player in Trae Young, who led Oklahoma in as a No. 10 seed despite going 2-8 down the stretch.

Syracuse will face Arizona State on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. EST in a matchup between No. 11 seeds. USC's is 57th. Their best win is better than Middle Tennessee State's.

The Orange enters the tournament at 22-8.

After winning the Conference USA tournament in 2016 and 2017, Middle Tennessee lost in an upset to Southern Mississippi in the quarter finals.

Bringing home OU's first Freshman of the Year honor adds to a growing list of national recognitions. He wasn't as emotional as his senior leaders, Mitchell Solomon and Jeffrey Carroll, but he pondered why his team won't play in the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma has clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed.

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