Oklahoma basketball: NCAA selection committee has Sooners as No. 4 seed

Saul Bowman
February 12, 2018

CBS bracketologist Jerry Palm used those 16 seeds to create a full 64-team bracket. The other three No. 3 seeds along with Michigan State are Clemson, Texas Tech and North Carolina.

But in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Spartans still have work to do become a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed in next month's tournament.

As the South's No. 1, the Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 ACC) would likely open tournament play in Charlotte, N.C., the closest of the eight first-weekend venues to Charlottesville.

For the second consecutive year, the NCAA Tournament selection committee unveiled its sneak peek of the brackets on Sunday. A potential second-round matchup would feature the victor of Cincinnati (2) and Northern Kentucky (15).

Virginia (South) was the top overall seed, followed by Villanova (East) and Xavier (Midwest). They were given the No. 15 seed overall, according to the committee, while Oklahoma picked up the No. 16 seed. If those seeds held, Xavier would get preference for the Midwest Region in Omaha because it is the higher seed. The Wildcats earned the No. 4 seed in the West, but delving deeper into the resumes, Rhode Island looks better almost across the board. That is the fifth-worst ranking among RPI top 50 teams.

The No. 4 seeds are: Tennessee (18-6), Ohio State (22-5), Arizona (20-6) and Oklahoma (16-8). The committee has Duke No. 7, which would give it a 2 seed, and North Carolina No. 12, which would be a three seed.

The Sooners will be back in action Tuesday night when they face Texas Tech at 6 p.m. CT.

The rankings could certainly change before the field of 68 is selected on March 11 with more than 1,000 games yet to be played.

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