NCAA Tournament: How Oklahoma State caught a bad break

COMMENTARY — The Cowboys were almost a No. 4 seed, almost. Oregon was almost a No. 11 seed, almost. The combination creates a tougher-than-deserved first-round matchup for Oklahoma State. A look at that and other thoughts about the NCAA Tournament bracket.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 18, 2013

* I know the committee likes to say it doesn't intentionally set up Roy Williams vs. Kansas in a second-round game in Kansas City, but I hope they're not offended when we don't believe them.

* Possible first-round upsets: Bucknell over Butler (we love us some Bucknell here in OKC), Minnesota over UCLA, Harvard over New Mexico, Belmont over Arizona.

* Kansas should be thrilled. KC in Week 1, Arlington in Week 2.

* Come to think of it, if the Sooners survive Philadelphia, they're in Arlington, too, for the Sweet 16.

* If the Big 12 wants a piece of one of its former members, Missouri and Colorado will have to go deep into the tournament. CU would have to reach the Final Four to meet up with a Big 12 foe. Missouri would have to reach the Sweet 16, which almost surely means upsetting Louisville, to set up a potential game against OSU.

* Don't hold me to it, because our official picks aren't due until Monday, but my early Final Four selections: Kansas, Miami, Gonzaga and Michigan State.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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