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.
Charles Barkley’s question on Oklahoma is spot the hell on, also hilarious pic.twitter.com/fE7bBMKQqx
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 11, 2018
Chuck didn’t say it, but Twitter knew why Young — I mean, the Sooners — made it in over better teams.
As a Trae Young fan, I’m thrilled that Oklahoma is in. As a college basketball fan, I think Notre Dame belonged in, or Saint Mary’s even.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 11, 2018
U HAVE to put Trae Young in the tourney… that’s a business decision … they coulda went 5-22 and still got in
— john flowers (@jflow41) March 11, 2018
I wish they would just overtly come out and say “Look, this is TV. We’re not keeping Trae Young out.” instead of annually making up arbitrary crap about mid-majors that’s neither consistent nor true in most cases.
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) March 11, 2018
Trae Young. TV networks want Lil Steph in tourney. https://t.co/LZiedw1BqU
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) March 11, 2018
The tournament is a television show. That’s the main reason why Trae Young University got an at-large bid.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 11, 2018
Shame on anyone who thought the committee was going to keep Trae Young out of the bracket. The NCAA hates a lot of things. Money is not one of them.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) March 11, 2018
Just say, “Because it has Trae Young.” That’s the real reason.
— Dan Rieffer (@drieffer) March 11, 2018
“Sorry, MTSU. You don’t have Jim Boeheim or Trae Young. Rules are rules.”
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 11, 2018
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State is just ignorant. That’s just dudes who didn’t watch basketball this year choosing to put Trae Young in the tournament over an actual competent team.
— Dalton Vitt (@DTrainKC) March 11, 2018
So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn’t believe it.
— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) March 11, 2018
The Sooners, a 10 seed, will play No. 7 Rhode Island in the Round of 64.