The Oklahoma Sooners are one of the hottest teams in college baseball. Five straight series wins to close out the Big 12 regular season and a run through the tournament to capture their first Big 12 tournament title since 2013.
Apparently, that wasn’t enough as the NCAA announced its 16 regional hosts before the Big 12 title game had reached its conclusion. Even with the Sooners up 8-1 heading into the final innings, the NCAA thought both Texas and Oklahoma State were more worthy hosts of an NCAA regional. The Sooners tied with Oklahoma State in the Big 12 and were a game ahead of Texas in the regular season.
What an absolute farce of a selection process.
How do you not select a tournament titleholder, who holds series wins over TCU, the Big 12 champion during the regular season, and Texas Tech, the highest-ranked team in the Big 12?
It doesn’t make sense and now the Sooners await the decision from the selection committee on where they’ll head for the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Safe to say, the team that hosts the Sooners in their region will be none-to-pleased.
Much like Sooner Nation, who reacted to the NCAA’s snub.
With that said on #Oklahoma, #Sooners caused some of their anguish on their own. #WHERE, for some reason, labeled its neutral site series against Texas as a home series, thus didn’t get the RPI points it would’ve at a neutral site. Probably cost them 4-5 spots in the RPI.
—Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) May 30, 2022
Oklahoma won’t host and the Big 12 has only themselves to blame.
You can’t have your championship game end after hosts are announced.
— College Baseball Nation (@CollegeBallNat) May 30, 2022
The NCAA announcing baseball regional host sites before all the conference title games are over is just peak NCAA.
— 𝐉𝐨𝐞 𝐄𝐫𝐰𝐢𝐧-𝐁𝐮𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫 (@JoeBuettner) May 30, 2022
Oklahoma will be headed on the road in the NCAA Tournament. NCAA field will be announced Monday morning. One of the hotter teams in the country on the verge of a Big 12 Tournament title just got some added juice with the host snub.
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) May 30, 2022
Something safe to say re: Oklahoma not hosting a regional
Whatever teams winds up with the #Sooners as the No. 2 in their region will be very unhappy
OU is, without question, one of the hottest teams in the country and have been for the last month and a half
—Josh Callaway (@JoshMCallaway) May 30, 2022