Inside the league, teams just beat up on themselves.
“To be in the mix with that group two through eight or nine is nice,” said Sooners coach Lon Kruger, whose team was picked for a tie for fifth, but finished second. “Those are pretty interchangeable. There’s not much difference between those teams.
“To be the No. 2 seed, these guys have worked hard and they’ve earned it. It’s a compliment to be in the mix with those other teams. We know how tough they are.”
West Virginia, which went 9-9 in the Big 12, currently is the only team in the top eight not projected for the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re going to have opportunities to really help our RPI and get quality wins,” said Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins. “We’ve just got to go win some games.”