Mississippi State receives 1-seed in NCAA Tournament

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The Oklahoma Sooners saw their season end in a 71-60 loss to the rival Oklahoma State Sooners where the team never found consistent scoring.

Disappointed? You bet I am.

Syracuse (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) is in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 seed Oklahoma State (20-10, 11-7 Big-12) in Starkville, Mississippi, on Saturday afternoon.

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 Sooners will take on 5-seed DePaul in College Station, Tex., at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, March 16.

Some of that is OSU's fault, scheduling the likes of Mississippi Valley State, Houston Baptist and Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Don't forget before the NCAA Tournament begins, you can also play Bracket Games through CBS Sports by creating a pool with your office, family or friends, or filling out your bracket online.

The Cowboys finished the season with a 19-14 record and an 8-10 record in conference play. "We know that they stumbled down the stretch, and that certainly affected their seeding, but they had enough on their resume to get in".

What Rasmussen did not mention, but many observers suspected, was that Oklahoma's inclusion had at least as much to do with its much-hyped guard, Trae Young, as its early season prowess. That was the most recent game SU played. A nice run in the NIT will only add to the positive momentum Cowboy basketball has generated the last few months.

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