As a reward, the Red Foxes were sent to Norman, where they must face a 47-4 OU squad that has been ranked No. 1 most of the season and earned the top overall seed in the tournament.
A trip to Oklahoma for just the team’s second-ever tournament appearance is a long way from where the program was when Ausanio took the reins five years ago.
Recruiting his first class, including Osterhaus, the former New York Yankees player was blunt.
“Our program is not in good shape now,” Ausiano told the recruits. “I need you to come here and make it better.”
They did, and four years later the Red Foxes have a NCAA tournament berth and a shot at OU on the national stage to show for it.
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