Bubble Watch: Oklahoma Sooners Should Be A Lock For An At-Large Bid To NCAA Tournament
If “losing margin” was considered to be a true stat that the NCAA Tournament selection committee uses to assess college basketball teams’ resumes for bids to the Big Dance, then the Oklahoma Sooners wouldn’t even be considered to be “on the bubble”.
They would be widely viewed as an automatic at-large bid to the field of 68.
Not considering the Sooners’ 25-point drubbing at the hands of No.1 Gonzaga, then at No. 17, Oklahoma’s eight other losses this season have come by an average of a mere 7.1 points per game.
Overall, Oklahoma has also been a very successful 19-9 against the sixth toughest schedule in all of college basketball, according to ESPN.com, and also ranks 22nd in the nation in official RPI.
If those numbers don’t speak highly enough for what head coach Lon Kruger’s boys have accomplished this season, take a look at exactly who they lost to. The Sooners don’t have a single truly bad loss on their resume. In fact, OU’s only loss to a team outside of the official Top 100 RPI, Texas, came in overtime on the road. This team has been tough to beat all season long and has beaten the teams they were supposed to.
Lastly, take a gander at the Sooners’ position in the highly competitive Big 12 conference standings.
The Sooners are just one game and a half behind in-state rival No. 13 Oklahoma State in the conference standings—good for fourth place in the league—and four of their six conference losses came in close games against ranked opponents.
I rest my case.