Oklahoma, Oklahoma State nab at-large bids to NCAA women's basketball tournament
13 March, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Charlene Valdez
After the Big 12 tournament, OU's week-long wait over its postseason fate intensified Sunday when, in a first-time move, the NCAA released eight teams it was considering for the bracket's final four spots, with Coale's team among the group.
This is the Sun Devils' 16th NCAA appearance. For instance, Louisville has lost its coach (Rick Pitino), athletic director (Tom Jurich) and latest national title (2013) in the culmination of scandals that have slammed that program for the better part of this decade. Despite starting four new players, SU hummed along, led by point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who finished the season averaging a nation-leading 9.9 assists per game to go with 17.8 points per game. Dan Hurley's team almost made the Sweet 16 last season, and now, with a deployment of six guards and the deepest backcourt in America, URI is a matchup issue for the teams in its region. OU is one of nine Division I men's or women's basketball teams to make the NCAA Tournament in every season since 2000. The Wildcats are 3-6 against Quadrant 1 teams and ranked 108th in strength of schedule.
"If I had to choose a location, we would have chosen that location just because of our proximity to Tempe and our fans, travel time and time change for us", head coach Charli Turner Thorne said.
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Other teams under consideration for the last four in and first four out were Buffalo, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia.
As the 5-seed in the Big East Tournament, the Friars knocked off Creighton in the first round to advance to the semifinals. Two of the five wins in the OG&E Tournament over the weekend were by run-rule shutout, both over Illinois State. Villanova beat Providence to win the conference tourney on Saturday.
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"I don't know if we could have done any better", Schmidt said about building the Bonnies' resume. Together with Battle, Howard could help lead Syracuse to a win here. But we're excited for the guys.
Though they earned the right to play in the NCAA Tournament, they will have a tough time getting through the tournament.
The Blue Raiders famously upset Michigan State back in 2016 in the tournament as a No. 15 seed and Minnesota a year ago as a No. 12 seed. They're probably NIT-bound.
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The Wildcats knocked off Colorado this afternoon and gets a matchup against UCLA as they hope to win the Pac-12 tournament. Big surprise - Pac-12 Player of the Year Deandre Ayton played a massive role in Arizona's thrilling victory on Friday.
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The South African board, however, released a statement on Saturday apologising to CA and the Australian cricket team. Australia's Nathan Lyon also was punished for an over-zealous celebration of a wicket in that first test.
Sophomore guard Tony Carr was selected first-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District and to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. The Irish Icers will now host Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game next Saturday at 8pm at The Comp.
The Wildcats are 9-2 favorites to win the title, according to VegasInsider.com, with Duke right behind at 5-1. NCAA Tournament Selection Committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen was even forced to address the issue on Sunday.
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