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March 25, 2011

A different team has been playing in this tournament

DAYTON, Ohio — The NCAA bracket that becomes the Women’s College World Series has this thing about it that really isn’t very fair.

Though it seeds the top eight teams in the draw, it really seeds regionals. Like, if UCLA is the nation’s No. 1 team and the No. 1 seed in the entire bracket, but does not reach the WCWS, the team that made it out of UCLA’s regional inherits the No. 1 seed.

It’s not a good idea because any team can get hot for a weekend, maybe two, and reach the WCWS, but why should that team, maybe a loser of 25 games or more, be catapulted to the top of the draw just for what it’s done in the postseason?

Of course, the WCWS isn’t until June. This is March Madness, NCAA tournament time, and we’re here to talk about the Oklahoma women. Because, despite the occasional foolishness of WCWS seeding, Sooner basketball is that rare example of a team that really has become something different, better and truly new since the dance it began at the dance.

The 21st-ranked team in the nation and the No. 6 seed in the Dayton Regional, the Sooners are no longer No. 21 nor No. 6. Not really. Now, they’re among the last 16 standing and have become, in all ways that really matter, a No. 2 or 3 seed.

Because when Notre Dame (the actual No. 2 seed) and OU meet up at University of Dayton Arena at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, it won’t be the 11-loss Sooners meeting the Irish or the wildly inconsistent Sooners meeting the Irish or the team that just couldn’t figure it out, even against Colorado and Texas Tech, meeting the Irish.

It will be OU, the team that beat James Madison and Miami in Charlottesville, Va., taking on the Irish.

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