Oklahoma's march to St. Louis begins in Tucson

The third-seeded Sooners (24-7) will play 14th-seeded Niagara (20-9) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday in Tucson. The Purple Eagles will be making their first NCAA appearance since 1970, while the Sooners will be in the big dance for the 10th time in 11 seasons under Kelvin Sampson. The tip-off time for Thursday's first round game with Niagara will be officially announced on Monday.

Oklahoma's march to the Final Four in St. Louis will begin in Tucson, Ariz.

The Sooners (24-7), who will be the No. 3 seed in the Austin Region, will play 14th-seeded Niagara (20-9) in a first round matchup on Thursday. With a first rond win, the Sooners would face a potential second round matchup against Utah (27-5) or UTEP (27-7).

Niagara enters the NCAA Tournament field for just the second time ever and the first time since 1970. The Purple Eagles clinched an automatic berth with an 81-59 win over Rider in the Metro Atlantic Conference Championship game on Monday.

Should the Sooners win their first and second round games in Tucson, they would advance to the regional semifinals in Austin, Texas. Top-seeded Duke, second-seeded Kentucky and fourth-seeded Syracuse are the other top three seeds in the Austin Region.

The tournament appearance is the 10th in Sooner head coach Kelvin Sampson's 11 years at Oklahoma.

See the link below for a link to the complete NCAA Tournament bracket. The start time for OU-Niagara will be officially announced on Monday.

NCAA Men's Bracket

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