Oklahoma Reaches NCAA Tournament Over Much Better Teams Because Trae Young

Bryan Brandom
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The Oklahoma Sooners have just two wins since February 1, plummeting down to sixth place in the Big 12 with a paltry in-conference record of 8-10.

And yet, they’ll be dancing in March instead of incredibly more deserving teams. The USC Trojans finished second in the Pac 12. The St. Mary’s Gaels went 28-5 and went into the WCC tournament ranked 20th in the nation. The Oklahoma State Cowboys beat No. 1 seed Kansas twice, topping teams ranked in the top seven by the AP poll a total of four times.

But none of those teams feature Trae Young, the Oklahoma point guard who leads the nation in points and assists per game and is almost a lock to go in the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Charles Barkley questioned the decision to selection committee chair Bruce Rasmussen.

Chuck didn’t say it, but Twitter knew why Young — I mean, the Sooners — made it in over better teams.

So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn’t believe it.

The Sooners, a 10 seed, will play No. 7 Rhode Island in the Round of 64.