CBS Sports: Oklahoma State 'egregious' omission from NCAA Tournament

March Madness is officially underway as the field of 68 teams have been selected over the weekend to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

It's OSU's 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, and fifth under head coach Jim Littell.

Not even eight losses in its last 10 games, including a 30-point loss at Kansas, could keep Oklahoma and Young out of the NCAA Tournament.

In fairness, Oklahoma had a much higher RPI than Oklahoma State (49 vs. 88), which is an important factor for the selection committee, the Sooners ranked higher at the influential kenpom.com website and they had a tougher strength of schedule.

"I think it's just us sticking to our game plan and sticking to what we do best, which is move the ball, attack appropriately, find the open man, throw to the next one", said guard Kellan Grady, who scored 23 points.

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The decision was not accepted as easily by everyone.

The top four teams in the Spokane Region are top-seeded Notre Dame, Oregon, Ohio State and Texas A&M. In this space, we'll explore a few teams that had legitimate arguments (at least to some degree) to be a part of the biggest spectacle in college basketball. ESPN analyst Dick Vitale went on a rant after Oklahoma State was snubbed.

"I see no logic". Oklahoma State beats Florida State.

"I don't know if we could have done any better", Schmidt said about building the Bonnies' resume.

"When I was younger, I would come home from school and watch the first couple rounds, and that was a blast", redshirt junior forward Courtney Ekmark said.

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OU will play the #7 seed Rhode Island in the first round on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Oklahoma State was not selected, and the Cowboys will play in the National Invitation Tournament.

OSU lost 79-76 at Mississippi State on December 3, which was the closest anyone had played the defending champion Bulldogs all season until they lost to SC in the SEC Tournament last week.

How they make a run: Holder channels his unstoppable play from early in the season and shoots lights-out from the perimeter to extend his career by one or two games.

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