Tulsa, with sophomore James Woodard leading the way, won the Conference USA championship game Saturday to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners’ point guard is freshman Jordan Woodard.
In 1987, OU and Tulsa played in the NCAA first round at Tucson, Ariz. But to stage a rematch, TU will have to be given a No. 12 seed, with OU given a five. Tulsa seems likely to be a 13-seed, while the Sooners could be a five or six. If they are seeded fifth and 12th, there’s a 25 percent chance of meeting. So it looks like the odds are about 10-to-1.
Could OSU face Memphis again?
The Cowboys and Tigers have played twice already, with OSU memorably routing Memphis in Stillwater back in November, and Memphis exacting revenge a couple of weeks later in an Orlando tournament.
Memphis looks to be a 7-8-9 seed. So an OSU-Memphis game could be staged as a 7-10 or 8-9 matchup. The NCAA committee tries to avoid regular-season rematches, but how about rubber matches? Maybe the committee decides to let them settle it on the court.
Could Lon Kruger or Travis Ford face one of their previous schools?
Well, Kruger’s alma mater is Kansas State, so the Sooners would have to go deep to face a Big 12 brother. Illinois, Nevada-Las Vegas and Texas-Pan American won’t make the field. So that leaves Florida. The Sooners as a No. 5 seed could be matched against the Gators in a possible Sweet-16 game.
Ford’s alma mater is Kentucky, and an OSU-UK game as a 10-7 matchup certainly is possible. Ford also has been head coach at Eastern Kentucky and Massachusetts. Eastern Kentucky is a likely No. 15 seed, so even if the Colonels are bracketed with OSU, they would have to spring a major upset to reach the regional quarterfinals. But UMass? That’s possible. The Minutemen are likely in the 7-10 range themselves. That’s right in OSU’s wheelhouse for a first-round matchup.
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