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Is OSU’s Win Over Kansas Enough To Get Into the NCAA Tournament?

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Oklahoma State should be in the 2018 NCAA Tournament field.

After knocking off Kansas for the second time this season on Saturday, the Cowboys have as good a resume as you’ll see among insert air quotes bubble teams close air quotes. And it’s not really all that close if you value top tier wins more so than middle tier Quadrant 1 wins.

Here is a summary of OSU’s accomplishments and why it will hear its name come Selection Sunday.

  • Four wins over top-10 teams
  • Six top-25 wins
  • Zero losses to teams not currently projected in the NCAA Tournament field

And perhaps most importantly, OSU’s shellacking of KU on Saturday netted one resume boost in an area it needed desperately: Quadrant 1. So now the Cowboys are 5-10 against Quad 1 teams this season and boast eight wins in the toughest league in America.

Saturday’s result also boosted OSU’s RPI, which had been an atrocious 95, all the way up to 87. Here’s a look at its up-to-date team sheet as of Sunday morning.

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The not-so-great part is this: bracketologists love the RPI. The committee has said all season that it is no longer gospel in the selection process, but it has been a staple for years. So putting OSU into the projected field with an 87 RPI — when no team has gotten into the field with an RPI higher than 71 — likely won’t be happening when you see updated brackets get posted on Sunday and Monday.

Heck, right now the only bubble team you will find on most brackets is Oklahoma, which is officially a lock no matter its showing in the Big 12 tourney.

A win on Wednesday in the first-round of the Big 12 tournament would squash any concerns about potentially missing the Big Dance and landing on the wrong side of the bubble, and likely give one final boost to that nasty looking RPI.

But right now OSU’s resume is tourney-worthy; now we wait and see if experts determine the same, or if they deem Wednesday’s Round 3 of Bedlam an unofficial play-in game to go dancing.

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