Syracuse women learn NCAA tournament fate

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Still, bubble teams might have reason to worry. In fact, the Sooners haven't won a road game since December 12th. "I think it's a disgrace, I think it's an embarrassment and its a humiliation to what this tournament's about", said Dick Vitale. URI finished with a 25-7 record after the defeat against the Wildcats, losing only one game to a team ranked outside the RPI top 50. The Sun Devils lost five of their last six games but were 5-2 against NCAA Tournament teams, including victories over San Diego State, Kansas State and UCLA. The SEC sent eight teams and the Big 12 sent seven. That's part of a program philosophy of scheduling hard in the non-conference.

They left out Saint Mary's, a 28-5 team out of the WCC that simply refuses to schedule anyone.

The field is set for the NCAA basketball tournament and there is legitimate controversy about the brackets concerning an Oklahoma team. I can't help but think that had Saint Mary's been a school in upstate NY, they would have made it. But the Crimson Tide (19-15, 36 RPI) may have still done enough to make the NCAAs after beating No. 16 Auburn by 18 on Friday.

Bringing home OU's first Freshman of the Year honor adds to a growing list of national recognitions.

Arizona made it as an automatic bid for winning the Pac-12.

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The Bruins had such noteable wins against SEC Tournament victor Kentucky, a regular season win against Pac-12 Champion Arizona in Tucson and swept USC. Villanova beat Providence to win the conference tourney on Saturday.

The Friars are 1-4 in NCAA Tournament games in the Ed Cooley era. Together with Battle, Howard could help lead Syracuse to a win here.

"We understand that there probably were some things that we could have controlled better over the course of the season", Boynton said. "So I think we're going to have a good day tomorrow". But we're excited for the guys.

Is there a more thankless job than being on the NCAA Tournament selection committee?

The Oklahoma State men's basketball team didn't hear its name called on Selection Sunday. Notre Dame got no love either for its deep run into the ACC tournament or the return of its best player, Bonzie Colson. They're probably NIT-bound.

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