Syracuse women learn NCAA tournament fate

Syracuse women learn NCAA tournament fate

"You can nearly forgive the selection committee for not spending time watching the Gaels play this year - a game against Pepperdine or Portland is a tough sell - but when every single bubble team that made the field, save for Arizona State - which was, at one point, No. 2 in the nation (and that was cited as the reason they were included...) - is in the Eastern or Central time zones, it only highlights the NCAA's lazy favoritism towards teams East of the Mississippi River".

Baylor lost 14 games. The Big 12 is one of the strongest conferences in the country this season.

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"If I had to choose a location, we would have chosen that location just because of our proximity to Tempe and our fans, travel time and time change for us", head coach Charli Turner Thorne said.

Despite losing nine of their last 12 games to end the season, including a first round exit in the Big 12 tournament, the Sooners were granted a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 18-13 and a conference record of 8-10. Lundin Bennett specifically mentioned those wins - both teams are in the NCAA field - when asked what stood out about the games OU won. Oklahoma also boasts five Elite Eight showings and six Sweet 16 appearances. "When they made the announcement I was so excited". Arizona State led the Pac-12 with an 83.5 scoring average and a plus-four turnover margin.

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The previous two seasons, Syracuse has run into - and lost to - CT in the NCAA tournament, in the national championship game in 2016 and the round of 32 in 2017. The resume looks impressive with nonconference wins over Syracuse and Maryland.

That makes 19 already for the season, along with just two losses, for the two-time defending national champion Sooners. URI fell short against Davidson, 58-57, while attempting to repeat in Sunday's title game here at Capital One Arena, but the Rams were comfortably included in the field of 68 as an at-large selection. "We knew it was going to be a very close decision", said Hurley, in his third season.

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Though they earned the right to play in the NCAA Tournament, they will have a tough time getting through the tournament. But we're excited for the guys. It is a big deal to make the NCAA Tournament and we definitely have goals to make it there. They're probably NIT-bound.

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