As many may know… The Oklahoma Sooners and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are the only schools representing the state of Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament. This is a surprise, not that two Oklahoma schools are in the tournament, but those two schools don’t include Oklahoma State University that went (12-21) on the year, and are now without a coach. Oklahoma is a 2-seed however, and Tulsa shares an 11-seed with the Michigan Wolverines for a chance to play the 6-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Oklahoma clearly has an easier road to the final four than Tulsa (who surprisingly got in the tournament). Oklahoma’s road to the sweet 16 consists of Cal State-Bakersfield in the round of 64 , and either Oregon State or Virginia Commonwealth in the round of 32. From there on, it looks like there are tests, but not as many as other 1 and 2-seeds in the three other regions.
My prediction is that Tulsa will prove they deserve a spot in the tournament by beating Michigan in the first round, but will lose to Notre Dame in the round of 64. James Woodard and Shaq Harrison are two of the most underrated players in the country. Both of them will come out ready to play in the final stretch of their college careers. Don’t be surprised if they are a cinderella team either.
The Sooners sort of underachieved considering the fact that they were ranked No. 1 in the country for a few weeks of the season, and consistently in the top 5. They finished the season ranked No. 6 in the country.