Despite an impressive run to the Big 12 Tournament semifinals, the Oklahoma Sooners have been left out of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma was most certainly on the outside looking in on March Madness after finishing the regular season with a 17-14 record, while going 7-11 in Big 12 play. However, the Sooners had a huge upset of Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, before a one-point loss to Texas Tech in the semifinals.
It proved to not be enough for Oklahoma, who had won four in a row before the Texas Tech loss on Friday night in Kansas City.
After that game, first-year head coach Porter Moser made his case for Oklahoma to make the Big Dance, saying, “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.”
However, his words fell on deaf ears with the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
The Sooners will instead be heading to the NIT, where they’ll be led by Umoja Gibson (12.5 points per game), Tanner Groves (11.8) and Jordan Goldwire (10.5).
The Big 12 landed six teams in the 2022 NCAA Tournament in Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, TCU and Texas Tech.