Bears among four Big 12 teams on NCAA tournament bubble

Bears among four Big 12 teams on NCAA tournament bubble

Its RPI dropped to No. 48, but after playing one of the toughest schedules, the Sooners were rewarded with their fifth NCAA tournament appearance in coach Lon Kruger's 7 seasons.

Stay with News On 6 for updates on tournament information as as it becomes available. The NCAA bid is the 20th in Providence basketball history, and the game with Texas A&M will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

If the Sooners win that game, they will play Saturday against the victor of the Duke-Iona game.

After winning five straight Big 12 games, the Bears didn't help themselves by losing four of the last five games, including the loss to West Virginia in the conference tournament. Conference tournament winners from lower RPI conferences will play as No. 16 seeds in the other two games. "The opportunity to continue our season and play really quality teams is a great one".

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Oklahoma did win two of its final three regular-season games, both at home.

That wasn't enough to keep the Sooners - and star point guard Trae Young, the nation's leader in both scoring and assists - out of the tournament.

The NCAA Tournament selection committee had the Friars listed 35th in the ranking of all teams making the field of 68.

"Obviously, I think we've done what we're supposed to do", said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton. URI received a 7-seed in the Midwest Region, and faces Oklahoma (18-13) out of the Big 12 in Pittsburgh. "No let up, we're going to play as hard as we can every possession from now on".

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