Tulsa made the NCAA Tournament, and in some years, that would be fine and good. They've been dancing 15 times in their program's history, after all -- soon to be 16 when they face Michigan as a play-in game for the East's No. 11 seed.
But this year, Tulsa is just 20-11 in the AAC and lost 89-67 to Memphis in the conference tournament. Their RPI is 61, their KenPom ranking is 58 and they have six losses to non-tournament teams. Of nearly 50 brackets compiled at bracketmatrix.com, NONE of them had Tulsa in the tournament, not a single one.
But don't just take our word for it -- the Tulsa players were already gearing up for the NIT, like senior guard Shaquille Harrison right here.
@Kjw3434 naw. We out bro. Lost to Memphis by like 30— Shaquille Harrison (@ShaqHarrison_3) March 13, 2016
Somehow, the committee put Tulsa in anyway -- which is great for them, of course, but a damn shame for teams who just missed the cut like St. Bonaventure, South Carolina, Monmouth and Valparaiso.