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Oklahoma's Loss Busted A Lot of Brackets

Trae Young standing next to Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger

LUBBOCK, TX - FEBRUARY 13: Trae Young #11 and head coach Lon Kruger of the Oklahoma Sooners stand on the court watching free throws during the game on February 13, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma 88-78. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Armchair bracketologists were pretty high on Trae Young's ability to carry Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament, but it didn't work out so well for them.

Despite Rhode Island being seeded slightly higher than Oklahoma, A LOT of people picked the Sooners to pull off the 'W.'

In fact, almost 50% of CBS's brackets are busted after No. 10 Oklahoma fell to No. 7 URI in an 83-78 OT thriller in the first round today.

Here's exactly how many perfect brackets remained after the Sooners loss to the Rams earlier this afternoon:

While some saw the hype that surrounded Young as a little excessive, the guard put together a pretty solid rookie campaign averaging 27.4 points, 8.8 assists and 3.9 boards this season. Post-game URI head coach Dan Hurley told CBS's Dana Jacobson that Young is one of the most special players he's ever coached against. But Young was the considered the lone bright spot of a team that had dropped 11 of its last 15 games heading into the tourney. That stretch also included a six-game losing streak in February. Bounced in the first round of the Big 12 conference and the NCAA Tournament? Not exactly the way you want to end your season. The early exit also did nothing to silence those who felt Oklahoma made the field because the selection committee wanted to ride the Young train a little longer.

As for the Rams, they'll face the winner of Duke-Iona on Saturday.