NCAA Tournament bracketology: Oklahoma State makes case as No. 2 seed after upset of Baylor

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday mocked Republicans who just keep on crawling back to ex-President Donald Trump.

Maddow noted how Trump this week urged GOP donors to send their cash directly to him, causing momentary tensions with the Republican Party until its leaders ended up bowing down once again to their one-term and twice-impeached president.

“I mean this is some masochistic stuff right here. Do you guys have a safe word? You might want to employ it at some point,” joked Maddow. “At some point, we’re going to hear the Republican Party in the corner going ‘avocado.’”

“What does he have to do to get you to not give him more of what he wants?” she added. “To stop praising him, to not actually giving him more of your money? What does he have to do? The meaner he gets, the bigger the swings and the more insulting he gets toward you, the more you praise and thank him.”

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Conference championship week always shakes up the NCAA Tournament bubble in unpredictable fashion. This year, among the three major programs to opt out of their league tourneys due to COVID-19 protocols was Duke – Kansas and Virginia also were forced the shut it down. 

The Blue Devils never got a shot to face Florida State and make a run for an at-large or auto bid in the ACC Tournament, and while that likely served as good news for any of the bubble teams sitting at home (ahem, Drake), now there's more trouble for chasing bubble teams. Georgetown upset bubble team Seton Hall to reach the Big East Tournament final on Friday.

If the Hoyas win the league tourney title, they'll be stealing a bid from one of the remaining fringe teams. Same case in the Pac-12. Oregon State beat Oregon to advance to the league tournament final, too. If the Beavers pull of an upset, there's another bid that would be off the table. 

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NCAA Tournament bracketology: Oklahoma State makes case as No. 2 seed after upset of Baylor

Looking for the hottest team in college basketball right now? 

Direct your attention to Oklahoma State – fresh off a profile-boosting victory over locked-in No. 1 seed Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals. 

The Cowboys have garnered attention throughout 2020-21 because of Cade Cunningham, the 6-8 guard expected to be drafted No. 1 in the NBA draft. The freshman hasn't disappointed, scoring 40 points in an overtime win over Oklahoma last month and nailing several game-winning jumpers throughout the year while dazzling to spearhead a span that's seen OSU win eight of their last nine. 

But Oklahoma State is much more than just Cunninghham. The Cowboys defeated a really good West Virginia team without him last week when he was recovering from injury. In that game, Avery Anderson III paved the way with 31 points.