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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Did Oklahoma State earn NCAA invite?

You have to give former Lady Techsters coach Kurt Budke credit. He got his Oklahoma State team into the NCAA Tournament, something current Lady Techsters coach Chris Long couldn't do.

After playing a very weak non-conference slate against the likes of Southern, Pacific, UMKC, Prairie View and Texas Southern, the Lady Cowboys went 8-8 in the Big 12. They lost in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to lowly Kansas. Somehow, that earned them a trip to the Big Dance.

The Techsters, 12-4 and regular season co-champs of the WAC, also lost in the first round of their postseason tournament. Their non-conference slate included contests against LSU, Mississippi State, Iowa, Kansas State and Western Kentucky.

Maybe the Lady Techsters didn't deserve an NCAA invite. But you could certainly make an argument that they deserved one as much if not more than Oklahoma State.


Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Strength of schedule:
Oklahoma State .540 (84th toughest)
Lousiana Tech .491 (170th toughest)

Oklahoma State 63rd
Louisiana Tech 130th

Oklahoma State 20-10
Louisiana Tech 17-13

Are you kidding?

11:51 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Watson said...

That tells you all you need to know about the RPIs. Look at the teams and you'll see how ignorant that is. If the Techsters had played OSU's non-conference schedule, they wouldn't have lost a game. And I can assure you that they would have won at least half their Big 12 games. Just like in football, RPI ratings are heavily weighted toward BCS schools. No one else matters.

11:17 PM  

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