1. Oklahoma Sooners (10-seed, Midwest Region)
The Oklahoma Sooners should not be in the NCAA Tournament. At most, they should have been one of the last four teams to make it into the bracket, forced to be in one of the First Four games competing. Instead, the selection committee put them as a No. 10 seed, which just seems ridiculous at this point.
Watching Trae Young and the Sooners all season has been fantastic fun, but that doesn’t discount the fact that OU has, quite frankly, been awful as of late. As they were ousted by Oklahoma State — who was left outside of the tourney — in the Big 12 Tournament, that put them in a position where they lost eight of their final 10 games of the season. In fact, Oklahoma has won just one game since Jan. 30. While their early-season success matters, it shouldn’t outweigh the struggles in the heart of conference play.
To be clear, Young and the Sooners have the recipe to make a little bit of noise. Whenever you have a player with that type of talent and with the type of isolation game that Young has, he can put the team on his back and carry them. That’s not what we’re talking about, however. We’re looking at the body of work and seeding, and that’s where OU is a problem.
Simply by being included in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Sooners are the most overrated team on the bracket. They should be tipping off in the NIT as opposed to vying for a title. No matter how much success they have in March Madness, that fact will always remain.