Trae Young was getting into NCAA Tournament 'no matter what — ESPN analyst

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But they have Trae Young, the nation's leading scorer. Meanwhile, Vitale was little short of apoplectic over the choice of the Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, which went 19-14 and knocked the Sooners out of the Big 12 tournament, at which point the Cowboys were 6-4 in their past 10 games. And Oklahoma had six wins against top 35 RPI [teams].

Sure, games in November and December certainly do count.

Oklahoma finished the season 3-of-12, and there were questions about whether the team deserved to be in the tournament at all, but the selection committee decided its resume was strong enough for a spot.

For you conspiracy theorists out there, USC is also one of the bubble schools being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Sooners enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region, opening play on Thursday against No. 7 seed Rhode Island in Pittsburgh, Pa. OU's opening round matchup will be televised by CBS and tip at 11:15 a.m. CT inside PPG Paints Arena.

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Chuck didn't say it, but Twitter knew why Young - I mean, the Sooners - made it in over better teams.

On the season, Oklahoma basketball averages 85.2 points, 38.3 rebounds and 15.1 assists per game. Those are impressive numbers for a freshman.

But his numbers have gone down as teams properly scouted Oklahoma and designed their game plans to harass Young. The Cowboys are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc.

Fellow ESPN analyst Jay Bilas chimed in on First Take, Monday morning. The NCAA wanted its biggest star so the record and the way Oklahoma finished didn't matter. That was the moment he became college basketball's biggest television star.

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