OU earns No. 3 seed in NCAAs

Sooners heading to Columbus for match-up with Albany

This year, there was no possibility that Oklahoma wouldn’t be in the tournament, but the questions about where they would play and what seed the Sooners would have held off until the last minute.

The Sooners erupted Sunday afternoon when they learned that they will be heading to Columbus as a No. 3 seed with a first round matchup against No. 14 Albany, winners of the America East Conference Tournament on a last-second game winner.

“Everyone waits for Selection Sunday with great anticipation,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Our guys really have had a terrific year. It’s evidence by a 3 seed. I’m very proud for them that they’ve earned that. It’s a new season. Everyone starts from scratch.”

The game will be played on Friday with a potential second-round matchup against Dayton/Boise State or Providence. Oklahoma, which is in the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season, is a fourth seed for the first time since 2001. Kruger is looking to become the first coach in NCAA Tournament history to lead five different schools to at least one victory.

He already is the first coach to lead five different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma earned its highest seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2009.

“It’s a compliment for our guys’ performance in the toughest league in the country,” Kruger said. “. . . They’ve consistently played and gotten better and had a good year.”

The Sooners last earned a No. 3 seed in 2005, when they lost in the second round to No. 6 Utah.

The No. 2 seed in Oklahoma’s bracket (the East Region) is Virginia, who the Sooners could face in the Sweet 16. Villanova is the region’s top seed.

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