OU women earn 19th consecutive NCAA tournament berth

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URI trails Oklahoma 35-31 as NCAA Tournament gets underway

It wants Florida State - you know them from their football team.

Charles Barkley questioned the decision to selection committee chair Bruce Rasmussen.

Syracuse finished the season with a record of 20-13 (8-10 in the ACC) and lost in the second round of the conference tournament to North Carolina.

Coale likes the idea of playing in the state of Texas and said "when you lose as many games as we did, you can't be picky on who you're matched up against".

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). They had some absolutely great wins. "When they left, we realized it was time to step up".

SU did just that, including knocking off then-No.

In the semifinal game against top-seeded Xavier, the Friars trailed by as much as 17 points before rallying to edge the Musketeers in overtime and advance to the championship game. "(DePaul is) a hard team to play against because they are an anomaly.

On to conspiracy theory No. 2: Many Big 12 fans were surprised to see Oklahoma made the NCAA Tournament, while Oklahoma State missed.

The Pac-12 champion Arizona Wildcats are a four-seed in the South region. The body of work was enough to give them the 36th and final at-large berth over Notre Dame, according to the committee.

So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn't believe it. URI will make its 10th NCAA appearance all-time and has reached the tournament in back-to-back years for just the second time.

Quadrant 1 wins are defined as victories in home games against teams with RPIs in the top 30, neutral-court wins against teams in the top 50 or road wins against teams in the top 75.

Despite 14 losses, Oklahoma was not only buoyed its strength of schedule, but by a No. 34 ranking in the RPI and a top-four finish in the Big 12. "I think it's a disgrace, I think it's an embarrassment and its a humiliation to what this tournament's about", said Dick Vitale. "To tell you the truth, it frustrates the hell out of me". ESPN didn't project the Sooners in the field and its bracket expert Charlie Creme blasted the committee for selecting them.

"The committee kind of revealed to everybody that they thought more highly of Oklahoma than anyone who was watching", Bilas added.

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