Head coach Sherri Coale has orchestrated a remarkable coaching job and directed a team that once had just eight scholarship players to the program’s 14th straight NCAA Tournament.
As the No. 6 seed, they’ll face No. 11 Central Michigan at 10:10 a.m. CT Saturday in second round action in Columbus, Ohio, in the Oklahoma City Region.
"I'm very excited with a 6 seed and very proud of the representation of the Big 12 Conference in the NCAA Tournament," Coale said. "That's amazing and, I think, because of the respect the committee had for the league, that's probably why we got the seed we did."
With the generous seed, OU dodged the bullet of having to play a potential No. 1 seed in the third round and also found its way into the local Oklahoma City Region, the same site OU ran through on its way to the first of back-to-back Final Fours in 2009.
A pair of victories would put it in the Region semifinals and potential finals in its own backyard at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"That's maybe the best part of it," Coale said. "I know we have to do big things, tough things before we have the opportunity to come back here, but that's the lure. That's the carrot that's out there. Just win two and you get to come home and anything can happen at home. It's a really special opportunity."
To do so, the Sooners will likely have to get through No. 3 UCLA—they face No. 14 Stetson—in their second contest in a potential rematch from an 86-80 earlier season setback.
”I mean, it’s great,” said OU guard Morgan Hook. “Just seeing UCLA in the second round if we take care of business the first one, I think, got all of our excitement out.”
The Sooners carry a 22-10 overall mark and 11-7 Big 12 Conference record into the NCAA Tournament.
See the team's reaction as their matchup is unveiled:
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