The Oklahoma Sooners were fresh off a tough 56-55 loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals, but head coach Porter Moser absolutely believes this is an NCAA Tournament bubble team.
Moser made the case for his squad to be solidly in the Big Dance.
The head coach, in his first season in Norman, said in the post-game press conference, “The positives are strength of schedule. Our strength of schedule was 4 this morning… I think we had 10 or 11 Quad 1 or 2 wins. We played another top line team, Kansas, twice, to a two-point game in Allen Fieldhouse. This league is like none other. It’s every night. You’re playing against top level teams and we’ve competed every night. We’ve won those games… this group has the DNA of an NCAA Tournament team.”
Moser also cited his team beating Baylor, a likely No. 1 seed, on Thursday night in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
The Sooners are 18-15, which may ultimately hurt them come Selection Sunday, but Moser went on to point out, “Our losses, except two, are to NCAA Tournament team.”
Moser was adamant in making his case on Friday evening, and his press conference ended with him by being asked about whether or not the human element of not having Elijah Harkless due to injury could factor into the committee’s decision.
The head coach stated, “We’re playing great. Tonight was a one-point loss against a top two line team. Yeah, I’m disappointed… but I don’t think the loss of [Elijah Harkless] will be on the committee’s mind at all.”
And now, all that Moser can do is wait. Wait and see how the rest of the conference tournaments play out and let the chips fall where they may come Selection Sunday. We’ll be anxiously waiting with him.