Charles Barkley, Dick Vitale rip into Oklahoma's selection for NCAA tournament

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And Oklahoma had six wins against top 35 RPI [teams].

If the Orange wins its game, it would face the victor of No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 16 Nicholls in a second-round game Monday in Starkville.

No. 1 seed Kansas, No. 2 seed Duke and No. 3 seed Michigan State are in the same region, with the Rams starting their postseason at PPG Paints Arena.

March Madness is officially underway as the field of 68 teams have been selected over the weekend to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

"I understood how their minds and hearts may be hurt, how they probably are disappointed".

A 6-2 guard from Norman, Young averages 27.4 points and 8.8 assists, helping him earn the 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

"I want somebody to explain this to me", Vitale begins. They were booted from their conference tournament in their first game by Oklahoma State.

But they've got a tough draw, with No. 5 seed Kentucky and No. 1 overall seed Virginia in their path toward a Final Four.

However, Oklahoma State was left out of the tournament mix. "I don't see no logic", an increasingly animated Vitale said.

"I don't think it's just going to be a little blip on the radar", said John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor. "I had to ask my guys, 'How many of you know what state Boise is in?'" coach John Calipari said of the long trip his team faces.

Fellow ESPN analyst Jay Bilas chimed in on First Take, Monday morning. They've got talent. They've got one of the best players in the tournament in Trae Young, but they shouldn't be in because Oklahoma State had the same resume and beat them twice and was trending up. "The committee had them 16th in their [February] reveal, which is insane town".

They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble - Alabama - to one of the best teams in the country.

"The committee kind of revealed to everybody that they thought more highly of Oklahoma than anyone who was watching", Bilas added.

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