This is the sixth season in a row that Syracuse has reached the NCAA Tournament. "Oklahoma State had just as many quality wins and beat them twice". While Vitale offered his gripes to ESPN's cameras, Barkley had the opportunity to grill the tournament's selection committee chairman, Bruce Rasmussen.
On the season, Oklahoma basketball averages 85.2 points, 38.3 rebounds and 15.1 assists per game. Obviously, great respect for Rhode Island and the year they've had. They had their chances to take care of business and get in.
Four players are averaging at least 8.0 points per game for Oklahoma, they are Trae Young (27.4), Christian James (12.1), Brady Manek (10.4) and Kameron McGusty (8.0).
"So they got in comfortably", Barkley added, not done with his interrogation, "but they were 2-8, so they must have been a really high seed before they dropped all the way down to 10".
The schools implicated in the FBI investigation included Arizona, Auburn, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, and Southern California. Clearly they didn't think enough of the Cowboys.
So undeserving was Oklahoma, even Young looked like he couldn't believe it.
If the Sooners win their tournament opener, they will play Saturday against the victor of Thursday's contest between No. 2 seed Duke and No. 15 seed Iona. "I don't see no logic", an increasingly animated Vitale said.
Disappointed? You bet I am. The choice for the final spot was between Oklahoma and Rutgers and the Sooners won out, largely on the strength of playing the nation's second most hard schedule.