Early successes help Sooners make NCAA Tournament field | NewsOK.com

As we’ve heard from many of our guests on the Ops Nation podcast and Ops Spotlight, game scheduling quite often falls within the responsibilities of the Director of Operations.

NORMAN — The resume that lifted Oklahoma into the NCAA Tournament was put together in two crucial parts.

The Sooners, somewhat surprisingly, avoided a First Four assignment and earned a No. 10 seed. They’ll open the tournament against No. 7-seed Rhode Island on Thursday in Pittsburgh (11:15 a.m., CBS).

The first part started about 18 months ago, when OU director of basketball operations Mike Shepherd — with plenty of help from Sooners coach Lon Kruger and athletic director Joe Castiglione — started constructing the schedule.

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