Selection Sunday 2018: How to stream the NCAA Selection Show

Erika Holt
March 12, 2018

The Trojans were left out of the NCAA Tournament field as one of the "first four out". Be ready for one of the most underrated parts of college basketball should you be keeping track. NCAA Selection Committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen, the athletic director at Creighton, said OU's case was buoyed by quality nonconference wins. The Trojans were my last team in for my final Field of 68 update; here's what I wrote: "A resume scrub isn't going to be favorable for USC (11-7 road/neutral); the Pac-12 has three other possible at-large teams (Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State) and the Trojans went 0-4 against those teams". They haven't won a game in the NCAA Tournament since beating Nebraska in 1994, but they have a history of competitive losses in the Big Dance and even made a Final Four back in 1979.

But the Sooners lost 10 consecutive games away from Lloyd Noble Center to end the season. They are not going to hit a road block in their their first four games of the tournament.

SNUB: Southern California is the team that most bracket projectionists had in the field, so technically I guess the Trojans feel they were snubbed. They played first- and second-round games in Omaha in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

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In fact, according to the advanced analytics site KenPom.com, Kansas - though seeded first - is the third-best team in its own quadrant.

Picking the last few teams was clearly the toughest job for the selection committee. Headliners include Big 12 player of the year Devonte Graham of Kansas, Big 12 freshman of the year and national scoring and assist leader Trae Young of Oklahoma, ACC player of the year and rookie of the year Marvin Bagley III, Grayson Allen of Duke and Miles Bridges of Michigan State.

There is expected to be a slight tweak to the format as the teams and seedings will be announced before the actual bracket. If they can beat Syracuse, they will take on #6 TCU. Senior forward Bonzie Colson and senior guard Matt Farrell missed a big portion of the season resulting in 8-10 conference play. Filling out a bracket by hand just feels better, right?

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