OU-St. John’s Preview
Oklahoma (21-12) will attempt to reach the Sweet 16 for the 10th time in school history Tuesday night when they take on St. John’s (23-9) at 8:45 p.m. in Norman. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Below are excerpts from SoonerSports.com’s pregame notes section. Click here to read the complete article.
NCAA Second Round Tickets
• Single-session tickets are $26 for adults, $13 for youths (ages 3-18) and $6 for OU students with valid ID; and are available at the OU Athletics Ticket Office online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 1-800-456-GoOU.
• Oklahoma is 21-12 and tied for second in the Big 12 standings with an 11-7 record. The Sooners defeated 11-seed Michigan, 88-67, in the first round.
• Oklahoma is 28-14 in the NCAA tournament, 12-2 in the first round and 9-3 in the second round.
• It is the Sooners’ 13th consecutive NCAA appearance, the seventh longest active streak and longest among all Big 12 teams. OU advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinal in each of the past three seasons and reached back-to-back Final Fours in 2009 and 2010.
• St. John’s is 23-9 and tied for second in the Big East with a 13-3 league record. The Red Storm slipped by Creighton, 69-67, with a layup with 0.1 seconds remaining.
• It is the first meeting between Oklahoma and St. John’s.
• Sherri Coale is 357-167 (.681) in her 16th season at Oklahoma. She has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kim Barnes Arico is 175-133 (.568) in her 10th season at St. John’s and 269-205 (.568) in her 16th overall.
Sooners in the NCAA Tournament
OU has hosted the first and second rounds in Norman on five previous occasions (1986, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2010). The Sooners have an 8-1 record at the Lloyd Noble Center in the NCAA tournament with their lone loss to George Washington in 2003. Additionally, the Sooners swept the 2009 Oklahoma City Regional en route to a Final Four, increasing their NCAA tournament record in their home state to 10-1.
Against a worse seed, Oklahoma is 24-7. Against a better seed OU is 3-6. Versus the same seed, the Sooners are 1-1; both of those matchups happened in the 2002 Final Four when Oklahoma met fellow No. 1 seeds Duke and Connecticut.
OU’s only other 6- seed was last year. The Sooners beat James Madison and upset 3-seed Miami in Charlottesville, Va., before losing in the Dayton Regional Semifinal to 2-seed Notre Dame.