Selection Sunday, once a virtual Oklahoma holiday, went dormant for awhile. But it’s relative again in Red Dirt Land.
For the second straight year, the Sooners and Cowboys both will be in the NCAA Tournament. That once was an automatic in Oklahoma. But in 2007, 2011 and 2012, neither OU nor OSU made it.
Both made the NCAAs last year and were bounced in the first round. Advancement by both is the goal this year. With that in mind, the assignments, announced beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, are paramount.
So here are your questions and here are my answers on what the NCAA Tournament bracket has in store for the Bedlam rivals.
Where will OU and OSU be seeded?
The Sooners (23-9) seem headed for a No. 5 or No. 6 seed. A four-seed was possible with at least a victory over Baylor in the Big 12 quarterfinals, but the Bears won 78-73.
The Cowboys (21-12) are likely in the 8-10 range. Playing so well since Marcus Smart returned from a three-game suspension, OSU could have risen even higher but lost to Kansas 77-70 in overtime in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Where is OSU headed?
How about cold weather? If the Cowboys are seeded eighth or ninth, they would be matched in a four-team pod with a No. 1 seed.
We know who most of the No. 1 seeds are and where they would be placed. Arizona in San Diego. Florida in Orlando. Wichita State in St. Louis. And either Villanova in Buffalo, Michigan in Milwaukee or the Duke-Virginia winner in Raleigh, N.C.
If the Cowboys are seeded 10th, they would be paired with a No. 2 seed. The likely No. 2 seeds and their destinations are Louisville or Kansas in St. Louis, Michigan and/or Wisconsin in Milwaukee and possibly Villanova in Buffalo or the Duke-Virginia winner in Raleigh
OSU won’t be bracketed with Kansas. So while San Diego, Orlando and Raleigh are possibilities, there’s a double chance that the Cowboys could be going to Milwaukee or Buffalo.
Where is OU headed?
The opposite of OSU. Odds are that the Sooners will land away from a pod involving a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
As a 4-5-6 seed, the Sooners will not be in a pod with a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. That means one of the sites with a No. 1 or No. 2 seed will have half the availability.
It seems unlikely, too, that the Sooners would land in San Antonio. If the Sooners had risen to a No. 4 seed, they could have been a likely choice for San Antonio, which is considered to be geographically friendly to OU. The NCAA basketball committee tries to geographically protect top-four seeds. But if the Sooners are below No. 4, they most likely will be sent elsewhere.