Kyron Cartwright was the hero here for the Friars scoring 15 pts with many of them coming late in this overtime thriller pushing Ed Cooley's team into a title game against either Butler or Villanova.
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.
"I understood how their minds and hearts may be hurt, how they probably are disappointed". In fact, the Sooners haven't won a road game since December 12th.
The teams, released in alphabetical order, are Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, USC and West Virginia. "This is what the kids play for in the summer and the offseason, and I'm just thrilled to be back in the NCAA Tournament". Meanwhile, Vitale was little short of apoplectic over the choice of the Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, which went 19-14 and knocked the Sooners out of the Big 12 tournament, at which point the Cowboys were 6-4 in their past 10 games. The Big 12 is one of the strongest conferences in the country this season.
The women's NCAA tournament bracket will be unveiled on Monday (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).
The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm.
Do you remember the last time a Top 25 ranked team missed out on the "Big Dance"?
For bubble teams, that makes the Atlantic 10 final in Washington the most important game to watch on Selection Sunday.
Southern California: A run to the Pac-12 Tournament final against Arizona may have put the Trojans (23-11, 33 RPI) on firmer footing and made Saturday night more about an opportunity to improve NCAA seeding. To put it simply, the Blue Raiders deserved at least a play-in bid in this year's tournament. I think it's an embarrassment and it's a humiliation to what this tournament's about. What are we supposed to think of this?