2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 North Dakota State

By Trevor Lowry

A No. 5 seed loses to a No. 12 seed every single year. That isn’t necessarily a fact, but it sure seems like it happens every tournament. And, it always seems like it is the best No. 5 seed that goes down.

No. 5 Oklahoma will be taking on No. 12 North Dakota State. The Sooners come into this matchup as the favorite, but you didn’t need me to tell you that.

What to Watch For

The Sooners’ Buddy Hield doesn’t seem to get enough national attention. Luckily he will be playing on the biggest stage in college hoops (NCAA tournament), so he will be able to show the world how good he is. Hield is leading the team with 16.8 points per game. He has also made 89 threes on the year.

As for the other side, North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun is a very good player who I am sure many people have not heard about. Well, now you have. Braun leads the team in points, rebounds, assists and you name it. He is so important to this team to say the least.


I’m just not feeling the upset. Not with how good the Sooners have been all season long and the talent they put on the court every single game. They did only finish two games behind Kansas in the Big 12 standings. I am sure a No. 12 seed will upset a No. 5 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament, but people are going to have to look at the other No. 5 vs. No. 12 seed matchups because it isn’t happening here.

Oklahoma 89 North Dakota State 72

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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