OSU- Last Four Out....TU, ORU and OU nowhere in sight


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:33 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Feb 7, 2011 9:58 PM CDT

I have no idea how Joe Lundardi was crowned the king ofMarch, but somehow everyone turns to him when the calendar hits conferenceplay. He&rsquo;s the NFL equivelant to Mel Kiper Jr., another guy that&rsquo;s grosslypigeon-holed. </p>But, Lunardi is typically on target when it comes to theteams that make the field of 64 in the NCAA tournament. I agree with him attimes but not always. </p>Right now, <a target="&quot;&quot;" title="&quot;&quot;" href="&quot;http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/69&quot;">the bracket wizard</a>has Oklahoma State as one ofthe &lsquo;Last Four Out&rsquo;, and the Sooners, ORU and Golden Hurricane are nowhere tobe found. </p>The only Conference USA team in the field, according to hisprojection, is the UTEP Miners. That makes sense, since the Miners host theleague tournament and are a talented team who won the regular season title ayear ago. They gave TU everything it could handle on the road two weeks ago. </p>The OSU slight is understandable. The Cowboys haveunderachieved this year and will be without one of the players who was startingto come into his own after Darrell Williams ran into trouble with the law. The Cowboysare just 4-5 in league play with trips to Nebraska, Texas and Kansas on theschedule in the next two weeks.</p>How about the Sooners? Jeff Capel&rsquo;s team is arguably betterthan the Cowboys, despite the Bedlam loss last Saturday. Andrew Fitzgerald andCarmeron Clark are must-see basketball and Cade Davis can carry a team if he&rsquo;shitting his threes. Will OU win the league? Probably not. Should they have beenin the &lsquo;Last Four Out&rsquo; category instead of OSU? Maybe. </p>Oakland earned a No. 13 seed from the Summit League. Theexperts have no faith in Oral Roberts&rsquo; chances of taking the conference tournamentcrown, apparently. ORU is going to need a serious hot streak to win the leaguetournament, but if they play well in the next three weeks, they can finish withthe No. 2 seed in that tourney. </p>As of now, if Tulsa replaced UTEP as the C-USArepresentative, they&rsquo;d play North Carolina in the first round in a 4-13matchup. If ORU represented the Summit League, they&rsquo;d play the 4-13 draw withWisconsin. </p>Let the Madness begin. </p>