Oklahoma rode the power of scintillating national scoring leader Trae Young into the NCAA Tournament field.
The Sooners were one of the most controversial picks in the tournament field.
They started the season 14-2 and soared as high as No. 4 nationally thanks to Young’s fast start.
NCAA Tournament: Oklahoma basketball opponent, seeding in first round
Opponent: Rhode Island
Date: 12:15 p.m. ET, Thursday
Late slump nearly did Oklahoma in
But they stumbled late, losing eight of their last 10 games including a first-round elimination by Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners endured a six-game losing streak in February and didn’t win away from Norman after winning their Big 12 opener at TCU on Dec. 30.
It will be the Sooners’ first tournament appearance since 2015, when they lost in the national semifinals to Villanova in Houston. The Sooners have never won a national hoop championship, losing in the championship game in 1988 and 1947 and losing in the semifinals in 2016 and 2002.
Coach Lon Kruger will take his fifth Oklahoma team to the tournament in his seven-season coaching tenure there. He is the only coach in history to take five different schools to the NCAA Tournament.
The Sooners’ tournament opponent will be released shortly. Check back with DieHards.com often to learn more information about their tournament appearance.
This story will be updated.