Oklahoma was given a 3 seed by the selection committee on Sunday. The Sooners will play their first couple of games in Columbus, Ohio. How far they go will largely depend on the strength of their opponents. (We’re going chalk for the predictions. Probably not the correct matchups.)
First Round - Albany: The fourteenth seed is coming off an emotional high. The Great Danes beat Stony Brook on a buzzer beating three in their conference tournament game. Unfortunately, for them, they’re having to play an Oklahoma team that was upset in the first round last year, so they won’t overlook Albany.
Second Round - Providence: The Friars have some impressive guards. After losing a tight one to Villanova in the conference tournament, Providence should give the Sooners a good early round challenge. Don’t be surprised if this team can make a deep tournament run.
Sweet Sixteen - Virginia: Here’s where it gets tough. Virginia is an excellent defensive team that doesn’t make a ton of mistakes. The Cavaliers are also one of the best teams in the nation at controlling the tempo. Doesn’t bode well for the Sooners, but there’s a chance.
Elite Eight - Villanova: The Wildcats are a much better matchup for Oklahoma. Villanova also runs a 3 guard, 2 forward lineup and likes to get up and down. It really depends on if Oklahoma hits its threes, and limits turnovers
Final Four - Duke: The big advantage Duke will have on Oklahoma is size. Player of the Year candidate Jahlil Okafor is one of the best big men in college basketball. Ryan Spangler and Tashawn Thomas are good defenders but might have some trouble containing Okafor.
Championship - Kentucky: Depth and size are the two main advantages Kentucky will have on pretty much anybody. If you can limit your turnovers and win the three point battle, you have a good chance against the Wildcats