Controversy has surrounded their inclusion due to the end of the season when Oklahoma lost all but one game in February, but their early wins were considered heavily. Other teams who will play in Wichita are Seton Hall, North Carolina State, San Diego State, Houston, Michigan and Montana.
Johnson has Alabama as the No. 9 seed in the East and it advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. They will play LIU-Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 13.
The Pac-12 tied the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic 10 with only three teams in the tournament but could wind up with only one team left standing among the final 64.
Two years ago, Villanova came out on top of one of the most awesome championship games in the big tournament when Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning shot from beyond the arc to give the team their first title since 1985.
There is expected to be a slight tweak to the format as the teams and seedings will be announced before the actual bracket.
Purdue could face Butler in the second round.
Even though the Hokies are a very balanced squad, Robinson is the engine that makes the whole team go.
There are always sleepers, mid-major surprises, and bubble teams that sneak in and go from the First Four to possibly the Final Four.
SNUB: Southern California is the team that most bracket projectionists had in the field, so technically I guess the Trojans feel they were snubbed.
No. 8 Oklahoma State def. Both figures are the highest since the line was moved back a foot in 2008. Yes, their best player, Bonzie Colson, missed a large portion of the season with a foot injury before returning a couple weeks ago. The South Region does not get easier from there: Cincinnati, Tennessee, Arizona and Kentucky are the No. 2 through 5 seeds, respectively. And not only was it good enough for a bid, it was good enough for a No. 10 seed. They do own four Quadrant 1 wins and have a strong resume away from home, with victories over Texas Tech, Louisville, Providence and Butler, fortifying their case for a seven seed.