Oklahoma's 2006 NCAA Tournament run will begin as a No. 6 seed this Thursday at 11:25 a.m. (CST) against 11th-seeded Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Panthers, who finished the season 21-8 and champions of the Horizon Leauge, are no stranger to the NCAA Tournament as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in last year's tournament as a No. 12 seed with wins over Alabama and Boston College. They lost to Illinois, 77-63, in the Sweet 16.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee returned four starters from that team this season, but they have a first-year head coach in Rob Jeter. Jeter, who spent stints as an assistant at Marquette and Wisconsin, replaced Bruce Pearl. Pearl is now the head coach at Tennessee.
The Panthers finished the season ranked 52nd in the RPI and were 1-2 against teams in the NCAA Tournament. They lost to Memphis (79-52) and Wisconsin (74-68), and beat Montana (78-74). They also lost to Missouri State (72-63), who was team with the highest RPI rating left out of the field
UW-Milwaukee's starting lineup consists of five seniors: forward Joah Tucker (6-5, 220), forward Jason McCoy (6-9, 190), forward Adrian Tigert (6-7, 240), guard Chris Hill (5-10, 160) and guard Boo Davis (6-3, 190).
Tucker (16.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg) was a first-team All-Horizon League selection, while Tigert (12.4, 7.4) and Davis (16.0 ppg, 81 made 3-pointers) were named to the second team.
Should the Sooners, who are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 years under Kelvin Sampson, win their opening game they would play the Florida/South Alabama winner on Saturday.
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