Oklahoma hooks up with Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15. Find the game time, location, television information below.
The Sooners (18-13) stunned many observers by making the tournament after a dreadful finish where they lost 11 of their last 15 games. Oklahoma was eliminated in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday by Oklahoma State.
The Rams (25-7) are back for a second straight tournament after missing out every year since 1999, when Jim Harrick led them to the tourney. Rhode Island upset Creighton last season before losing to Oregon in the second round.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island: Game time, details
No. 10 seed Oklahoma will face No. 7 seed Rhode Island at 11:15 a.m. CT on Thursday, March 15, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
What TV channel is Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island on?
The Sooners will face the Rams on CBS. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner will have the call, with Dana Jacobson working the sidelines.
How can I watch Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island online?
You can watch Oklahoma take on Rhode Island using NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island on the radio?
Fans can listen for free to the game on the Oklahoma Radio Network by going to the Sooners’ Tune-In app.
Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island preview, keys to the game
It might be a surprise considering how badly the Sooners played late in the season. But the starpower provided by scintillating freshman Trae Young will no doubt bring much attention to this game to help kick off Thursday’s games.
Young led the nation in scoring and assists, but has been slumping late in the season like his team. The tournament will provide a clean slate for the Sooners in their first tournament appearance since advancing to the Final Four in 2016.
The matchup between Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger and Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley will be one of the best in the first round.
The Rams were one of the nation’s biggest surprises for most of the season. They ran off a 16-game winning streak and soared as high as No. 17 in the rankings last month en route to an Atlantic-10 regular-season championship. But they were stunned by Davidson Sunday in the conference tournament finals, losing in the championship game for the second consecutive season.
Hurley’s team also enters in a mini-slump after losing four of its last eight games.
The game should be a fascinating contrast of styles as the Sooners will attempt to run the court and get Young free for transition baskets. Rhode Island will be determined to slow the tempo and make it a possession-by-possession game.
The two teams have never met. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 seed Duke and No. 15 Iona, who will meet after the Sooners’ game on Thursday afternoon.
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