Oklahoma’s Porter Moser says Sooners have ‘DNA’ to do Big Dance


KANSAS CITY — Oklahoma’s NCAA Tournament recap is complete.

The Sooners fell to the No. 14-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, 56-55 Friday night in the 2022 Big 12 Tournament semifinals, meaning OU will sit idle until they learn their playoff fate. playoffs on the Sunday of the selection.

At Porter Moser The team finished the year 18-15 overall, posting a 7-11 record in the Big 12 Conference regular season game.

Oklahoma had some work to do in Kansas City to work their way into the Big Dance, and the Sooners were huge with an upset against the No. 3 Baylor Bears on Thursday night.

Now, after narrowly missing out on a second upset against the Red Raiders, Moser said there was no doubt in his mind where his side stood on Sunday.

“I was in the NCAA Tournament,” Moser said after the loss to Texas Tech. “I progressed in the NCAA tournament. I know what an NCAA tournament team looks like.

“…It has the DNA of an NCAA tournament team.”

Porter Moser

Moser pointed to the difficulty of OU’s schedule as the reason the Sooners should enter the NCAA Tournament.

“We didn’t hesitate to stick to our schedule,” he says. “Our schedule strength, I think it was (No.) 4 (domestically) this morning, and now we just played another line, so it could go up. … I think we have 10 or 11 Quad 1 or 2 wins. We have victories against the front row. We faced another top team, Kansas, twice, in a two-point and three-point game at Allen Fieldhouse.

“This league is unlike any other. There is no background. It’s every night and you play against top teams. And we competed every night.

Victories in Quadrants 1 and 2 are a metric that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee reviews to help compare different teams.

A Quad 1 win is defined as a home win against a NET top 30 ranked team, a neutral site win against a NET top 50 ranked team or a road win against a top 75 ranked team . .

This season, Oklahoma finished 4-11 in Quad 1 games and 6-2 in Quad 2 contests, and the Sooners entered Friday’s battle against the Red Raiders as the No. 38 team. in the NCAA NET rankings.

Yet parenthesis experts like those at ESPN Joe Lunardi OR project to miss the big dance.

After Friday’s games, Lunardi placed Oklahoma as the second team was out of the field at 68.

Wyoming, Michigan, SMU and Xavier were all projected by Lunardi to make the NCAA Tournament against the Sooners, but OU’s four Quad 1 wins are more than Wyoming’s three wins and SMU’s two Quad 1 wins.

Oklahoma’s 6-2 record in Quad 2 games was also better than SMU’s 4-4 mark, while Wyoming went 8-1 in Quad 2.

In addition to the Sooners’ Quad 1 and Quad 2 metrics, Moser pointed to the difficulty of OU’s playoff path as another reason his team should be in the tournament.

“I listen to a lot of experts,” Moser said. “They’re talking, ‘Oh, this team has to win to get in.’ Well, they don’t have to play Baylor.

“…I’ll add this too. As for watching it. …Teams (played in OU) eligible for NCAA Tournament, so excluding Oklahoma State, our losses are all but two of the tournament teams. All of the losses we have are tournament teams except two.

“One was an overtime loss (to Butler) and one (was) day three (of the Myrtle Beach Invitational) to an older veteran team (Utah State), the top-60 team.”

The two biggest marks against the Sooners might be their 15-game losing streak and no Elijah Harkless training, who underwent an operation at the end of the season.

MBB - Elijah Harkless, Texas Longhorns

Elijah Harkless

But Moser also had a defense for those two points.

“Some might say a number of losses, but Kansas twice, Texas Tech twice, you’re competing against that,” Moser said. “But we still have wins on the front line. Arkansas is competing for the top of the SEC, we beat them by double digits. We just beat Texas Tech by double digits. We just beat Baylor. We have other very good victories.

“I know how we can compete with these top teams. When you look at the average (NET ranking) of our losses, it’s 31. It’s outrageous.

As for Harkless’ injury, Moser said it shouldn’t play a role in the decision to include OU in the Big Dance.

“I personally don’t think that will be on the committee’s mind,” Moser said. “I think that’s more of a positive. Play big. Tonight was a one-point loss to a two-line team (minus Harkless). »

Things tilt even more in Oklahoma’s favor if by Ken Pomeroy college basketball rankings are considered.

The Sooners are ranked No. 31 in updated Pomeroy rankings after Friday’s games, that’s two points ahead of Michigan (33), 21 ahead of SMU (52), 27 ahead of Wyoming (58) and 29 ahead of Xavier (60).

Ultimately, Moser’s Sooners will have to wait until 5 p.m. Sunday to find out their fate when the entire installment is revealed on CBS.

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