Syracuse women's basketball in NCAA tournament as No. 8 seed

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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.

Some of the biggest snubs in this year's NCAA Tournament had one very noteworthy thing in common - they are all part of the FBI's investigation into corruption across college basketball.

When the bracket was unveiled on Sunday, committee chair Bruce Rasmussen pointed at Oklahoma's quality wins early in the season as being enough to get the Sooners in the field.

For the first time in school history, the Mississippi State women's basketball team is a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. An early exit against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament capped off a precipitous fall that took the Sooners out of the top 25 and onto the tournament bubble.

While we were led to believe that the Oklahoma men might be one of the last four teams to make it into the NCAA Men's Tourney, it was actually the Sooner women that owned that dubious distinction. Its young players get a few more practices together and it's a chance to put that chip on their shoulder to good use. The St. Mary's Gaels went 28-5 and went into the WCC tournament ranked 20th in the nation. In other words, virtually identical to the Sooners except with one more victory and a better head-to-head record. The top 16 seeds host first- and second-round games.

Not having Middle Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament is wrong for a lot of wrongs. While it was a bad loss to have this late in the game, the Blue Raiders' resume speaks for itself.

The Friars, making their fifth straight appearance, are the No. 10 seed in the West and will play No. 7 Texas A&M at 12:15 p.m. Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

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