“Judging this team off the game I watched Tuesday night — and what little I’ve seen of Braun in online Synergy video — he seems like arguably the most valuable player to his team in the country,” CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander wrote about Braun last week.
North Dakota State has won 14 of its last 15 games. The Bison have not lost since Feb. 1 to Denver. The No. 12 seed is the highest for a Summit League team since 1997, when Valparaiso was also a 12.
“We have guys who believe they can win against anybody,” Phillips told The Associated Press. “That’s a good place to be.”
If the Sooners avoid the upset, they would likely face San Diego State. The Aztecs were a No. 7 seed last season when they beat the 10th-seeded Sooners.
That game would be a contrast in styles. While the Sooners have the seventh-best scoring offense in the country with 82.2 points per game, the Aztecs have the second-best scoring defense in the country. San Diego State is allowing just 56.6 points per game.
“We have a bad taste in our mouth from Baylor last week (in the Big 12 Tournament),” sophomore guard Buddy Hield said. “We’re trying to get a postseason win ... I haven’t won in the postseason. Cam as well. We’re just trying to set the tone in starting a new chapter.”