1. They were solid in conference play—Going 15-10 and finishing second place in a league is no small feat, especially in a conference as tough as the Big 12. Even though the Baseball America poll says only two teams (Texas and Oklahoma) are in the Top 25, that doesn't speak to the parity of the league and the game, which was certainly evident in Texas' 0-3 performance at Bricktown Ballpark in the Big 12 Tournament this weekend. And what's more? They finished 9-3 in their last four series, moving from one game over .500 and in the middle upper half of the conference to where they finished, alone in second place at that 15-10 clip.
2. OU was dominant in its nonconference slate—Stomach this for a second. The Sooners are 27-4 in nonconference play. That's pretty impressive. Their four losses came at Jacksonville, against UCLA in Corpus Christi, Texas, at Oklahoma State (a midweek game) and versus Memphis. Besides that, the Sooners went unscathed. Consider that three of those 27 victories came against teams that have been in the Top 10 at some point throughout the season. Although Arkansas, who the Sooners took care of just less than a couple weeks ago, has dropped to No. 15, they are still a very quality opponent. And the Sooners defeated No. 6 TCU twice, once in Fort Worth and once at home.
3. They didn't have a total letdown at the conference tournament—While the Sooners all but cemented their NCAA Tournament fate—a home regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park—with a three game sweep in Lawrence, Kan. against the Kansas Jayhawks in the final conference series, a letdown at Bricktown could have changed the selection committee's mind. But that didn't happen. The Sooners did win two of three games despite falling short of a championship appearance because of a loss to Baylor. And they won their last one in convincing fashion, a 13-2 slaughtering of a talented Kansas State team. So, this was the final icing on the cake.