NCAA Preview: Oklahoma vs. Marquette

Courtney Paris and the Sooners (27-4) will tip-off against the Golden Eagles (26-6) at 6 p.m. tonight. The game will be televised on ESPN2. See inside for today's pregame notes and scouting report, including quotes from OU coach Sherri Coale and Marquette coach Terri Mitchell on the matchup. (AP Photo)

The Teams
#9 Oklahoma (27-4) vs. Marquette (26-6) -- 6 p.m. -- Erwin Center (16,755) -- Austin, Texas

Radio/Television
Monday's game will be televised on ESPN2 (ESPN Coverage Map). Dave Barnett (play-by-play), Van Chancellor (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the radio on KOKC 1520 AM.

Radio Broadcast Info | Live Stats

The Matchup
The Sooners will be looking to earn a trip to their second-straight Sweet 16 and sixth in school history against Big East foe Marquette, who advanced to the second round with a 87-58 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Golden Eagles, who will be making just their third-ever appearance in a second round game (previously 0-2), share just one common opponent with the Sooners in DePaul. Marquette won at DePaul 82-79, while the Sooners beat DePaul in Norman 105-71. Marquette has beaten previously ranked top 25 teams Washington, DePaul and Louisville, as well as playing top-seeded UConn close before losing 52-48 at home.

They rank 40th nationally in scoring offense (71.2), 89th in scoring defense (60.8), 75th in field goal percentage (42.5), 52nd in field goal percentage defense (37.5), 47th in free throw percentage (73.7), 37th in rebound margin (5.2), 137th in 3-point field goals per game (4.9), 58th in assists per game (15.0), 79th in blocked shots per game (3.7), 145 in steals per game (8.6) and 38th in turnovers per game (15.2).

The winner of tonight's game will advance to the Sweet 16 in Dayton, Ohio to play the Ole Miss-Maryland winner on Sunday.

OU Game Notes | Marquette Game Notes

ESPN.com's Beth Mowins on Marquette...
"The Golden Eagles are enjoying the best season in school history with a record 25 wins. Big East coach of the year Terri Mitchell guided Marquette to a third-place finish in the conference after being picked eighth in the preseason poll.

"The highlights so far include a school-record 14-game winning streak and a sellout crowd at the Al McGuire Center for a matchup with UConn, which the Huskies narrowly won 52-48.

"Marquette features the inside-outside combo of 6-foot-2 senior Christina Quaye and 5-9 sophomore point guard Krystal Ellis. Quaye (16.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) is strong and mobile with more than 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in her career. Ellis leads the team in scoring (18.2 ppg), assists (3.6) and steals (2.2). She's at her best breaking down defenses with her dribble penetration.

"Senior forwards Jasmine McCullough and Efeuko Osagie-Landry bring experience and hustle to the frontline. Osagie-Landry's husband is Marcus Landry, who is playing in the men's NCAA Tournament with Wisconsin. Marquette has great depth with forwards Marissa Thrower, Danielle Kamm and Kelly Lam all logging quality minutes.

"The defining moment of the season for Marquette happened in early February with back to back low-scoring losses to Rutgers and UConn. After a brief pity party, the Golden Eagles refocused and reenergized their running game. Marquette prefers a faster tempo and Mitchell likes to see a minimum of 10 fastbreak baskets a game.

"The Golden Eagles play a stingy 2-3 zone that is long and wide. They have been outrebounded only a handful of times all season."

OU head coach Sherri Coale on Marquette...
"We have to take care of the basketball. I think that's the key in this game obviously. And their size. I think [freshman guard] Jenna [Plumley] may look like a fish out of water out there running around inside. They play extremely hard games and they do a lot of really good things. They're a really fine basketball team. I don't know if it will be so much about individual match-ups. I don't know if it will be senior forward [Christina] Quaye against [sophomore center] Courtney [Paris] or what the match-up will be because of the way they defend and the way we defend, too. In terms of the battle of Marquette versus Oklahoma, I think taking care of the basketball and rebounding the basketball are the two keys that we have to do."

Marquette head coach Terri Mitchell on Oklahoma...
"I think the experience we had in the Big East will be extremely important as we play a great Oklahoma team tomorrow night. The biggest thing is changing the defense up. You just have to change things up and keep them off balance and never let teams get into a comfort zone. I think that rule is a very good rule no matter what team you are playing, but especially with a big post. If you stay inside they're going to shoot it through the roof. And if you over commit to the outside…. If you want to win you have to do both, but you have to move with every pass. If you stay stuck, the ball is passed and we're still in the same position we're going to be in trouble. But if five people move when the ball is in the air, we'll be in a much better position to do both."

Oklahoma Projected Starters :
G -- 11 --Jenna Plumley -- 5-4, Fr. -- 5.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg
G -- 34 --Erin Higgins -- 5-9, Sr. -- 4.6 ppg, 1.4 rbg
F -- 21 -- Amanda Thompson -- 6-1, Fr. -- 5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg
F -- 24 --Leah Rush -- 6-1, Sr. -- 9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg
C -- 3 -- Courtney Paris -- 6-4, So. -- 23.2 ppg, 16.0 rpg, 3.5 bpg

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Marquette Projected Starters:
G -- 20 -- Krystal Ellis -- 5-9, So. -- 18.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G -- 32 -- Efueko Landry-Osagie --6-0 Sr. -- 5.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
F -- 1 -- Jasmine McCullough -- 6-1, Jr. -- 6.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
F --24 -- Danielle Kamm -- 6-2, Sr. -- 8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
C-- 25 -- Christina Quaye -- 6-2, Sr. -- 16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg

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