Oklahoma women make NCAA Tournament field

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The Friars finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-12 and a conference record of 10-8, good enough for fifth in the Big East.

The Syracuse women's basketball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed.

So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn't believe it.

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Of those three snubs, only one - USC - was part of the first four out.

Do you remember the last time a Top 25 ranked team missed out on the "Big Dance"? This comes on the heels of MSU earning the highest end of season ranking in program history.

Oklahoma started 14-2 but lost 11 of its final 15 games, including an opening-round loss in the Big 12 tournament, to finish 18-13, an unusually poor record for an at-large team. They had their chances to take care of business and get in. In other words, virtually identical to the Sooners except with one more victory and a better head-to-head record.

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In the semifinal game against top-seeded Xavier, the Friars trailed by as much as 17 points before rallying to edge the Musketeers in overtime and advance to the championship game.

TBS' NCAA selection show may not have been a hit with viewers Sunday, to say the very least, but one aspect of the telecast that went over well was Charles Barkley's questioning of Oklahoma's inclusion in the tournament. ESPN's Charlie Creme said Oklahoma didn't deserve a bid. The Sooners' 26 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1984 are the 10th most in the nation during that span, behind only Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse and UCLA.

They played Pittsburgh, a perennial tournament team that just happened to be terrible this year, and often solid squads like Charlotte and Pepperdine also had miserable seasons and brought the Cowboys' RPI down into the 80s.

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