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Sooners make the NCAA and deserving too……….



Lon Kruger and his star freshman Trae Young…….photo courtesy of USA Today


The Oklahoma Sooners made the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament.  They are also deserving of the pick by the NCAA committee that makes the selections.  For those that are upset that OU is in and others are not. that is just too bad.


Oklahoma brings a 18-13 record into their first round game this Wednesday in Pittsburgh against Rhode Island University.  The Rams are 25-7.  The game is a 12:15 PM Eastern time start (11:15 am Oklahoma time).  The Sooners are a 11th seed while the Rams are the 7th in the Midwest Region.


Rhode Island lost in the Finals of the A-10 Conference tournament to finish 2nd while OU was beaten by Oklahoma State in the 1st round of the Big Twelve conference tournament.


The winner of OU/RIU get the winner of Duke (2nd seed) and Iona (15th seed).


Did Oklahoma deserve the bid?  Hell yes they did. Despite have a bad record from February on, the NCAA selection committee looks at a body of work for a complete season.  With significant wins in the non-conference, specifically against Wichita State (on the road) and Oregon and USC (neutral sites) the  Sooners had built a resume that allowed them to have a cushion to make this tournament.


Sports fans, it is what it is.  Sooner fans, support your team.


Feature Photo:  OKlahoma’s Trae Young, left, drives past Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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