Imagine their surprise when the brackets were released and the Sooners were a No. 6 seed in the East Region.
In fact, it surprised several of the Sooners, including head coach Jeff Capel.
"I wasn't really paying attention, I was writing on my bracket," Capel said. "We are really happy, really excited and really anxious to get going."
Others were caught off guard as well, expecting to be a lower seed and announced later in the selection show.
"I was surprised. I think most of us were expecting a seven seed," junior forward Taylor Griffin said. "Being a six seed is great for us. It was a surprise but a good surprise. For a team a couple of weeks ago people were talking about as 'on the bubble,' to have a six seed is great."
Added freshman forward Blake Griffin: "I wasn't even looking when our name first came up and I heard some people say something and I looked up. I was pretty surprised we were a six seed, but we'll take whatever we can get. I was looking for a seven, but six is even better."
Count senior center Longar Longar among those caught off guard.
"It came quick, I wasn't even paying attention," he said. "I looked up and saw the number six seed and Oklahoma and started wondering who we would play next. Saint Joseph's is a good team."
Oklahoma plays No. 11 seed St. Joseph's on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. The winner will advance to play the winner of No. 3 seed Lousville and No. 14 seed Boise State.