How is 18-15 Oklahoma placed ahead of Texas A&M in the pecking order? Although the Sooners did take down Baylor to start their Big 12 Tournament journey. They didn’t reach the championship game like future conference rival A&M did.


One spot ahead of the Aggies was SMU, another strong mid-level-conference squad that didn’t have the high peaks or low valleys as Texas A&M.

That four-team replacement strategy isn’t going to need to take effect. The coronavirus-related pauses in college basketball haven’t rattled a team since the height of the Omicron variant’s wave.


Deserving teams Nos. 69-75 from the non-tournament field likely all have legitimate claims as to why they should’ve been in. It’s the risky part of March Madness. No team within reach on either side of the bubble did enough to guarantee heart rates didn’t fluctuate on Selection Sunday. Some turned to anger, some became relieved. It’s the same argument we hear every season from team Nos. 5 and 6 for the College Football Playoff and will continue to tune out once the field expands in the future.

Texas A&M shouldn’t have applied to that argument and reside on the wrong side of the cut line. Aggies’ head coach Buzz Williams will use this situation to his advantage in the long run. He’s taken each previous stop with multiple years at the helm to at least one Sweet 16, including Marquette’s 2013 run to the Elite Eight. He’ll get it figured out with tremendous athletic support in College Station. It’s a shame it’ll have to wait until at least 2023.