Oklahoma basketball: Wild Saturday night leaves Sooners in good shape for NCAA Tournament

Shelby Mast, who does bracket projections for USA Today and updates his projections daily starting Jan. 1 at BracketWAG.com, moved the Sooners up to a No. 4 seed in his Sunday morning projection.
Oklahoman Published: March 2, 2014

NORMAN — A wild Saturday in college basketball couldn’t have gone much better for Oklahoma.

Not only did the Sooners firmly lock themselves into the NCAA Tournament field — if they weren’t there already — with a 77-65 home win over Texas, but OU also benefitted from some other upsets around the country.

“It worked out,” bracketologist Shelby Mast said. “I don’t know if they could’ve hoped for better.”

Mast, who does bracket projections for USA Today and updates his projections daily starting Jan. 1 at BracketWAG.com, moved the Sooners up to a No. 4 seed in his Sunday morning projection.

The movement, up from a five in the days before, was helped by Louisville’s loss to Memphis and Kentucky’s loss to South Carolina.

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, another respected bracketologist, sees the Sooners in a similar spot.

Palm moved the Sooners up one seed to a four, thanks to those same results.

And, Mast says, they might not have reached their ceiling yet — though not everything is in their hands.

“I think Oklahoma now has eight top 50 wins and there’s not too many other teams that have that,” Mast said. “So I’ve got them as a four right now. They possibly could go up to a three if they keep winning. They could end up as a five as well, maybe a six at worst but I don’t see them going lower than that.”

In the final week of the regular season, Oklahoma hosts West Virginia on Wednesday before wrapping up the Big 12 season at TCU, which is winless in the conference, on Saturday.

After losing to West Virginia and Texas Tech in a span of three games, the Sooners have responded by winning three of four against teams that appear to be headed to the NCAA Tournament — Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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