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Oklahoma (20-11) vs. San Diego State (22-11)



Friday, March 22, 9:20 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Wells Fargo Center (19,500) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: TBS. NCAA Tournament Record: OU 35-26, SDSU 2-8. Series Record: Oklahoma leads, 3-0.

GAME NOTES: Second-round action in the South Region of the 2013 NCAA Tournament continues on Friday night, as the 10th-seeded Oklahoma Sooners tangle with the seventh-seeded San Diego State Aztecs at the Wells Fargo Center.

The winner advances to Sunday's third round to play the survivor of the Georgetown/Florida Gulf Coast matchup.

Despite bowing out of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in the quarterfinals with a 73-66 loss to Iowa State, Oklahoma still boasted a strong enough resume' to earn an at-large bid to the field of 68, going 20-11 overall with wins over Oklahoma State and Kansas being the most impressive along the way. Although the Sooners have a rich NCAA Tournament history with 23 appearances since 1983, this marks the first time in four seasons that they've qualified for the event.

In a surprisingly strong Mountain West Conference this season, San Diego State pieced together a solid campaign at 22-10 overall, and despite dropping its MWC tourney semifinal matchup to eventual-champion New Mexico, it defeated the Lobos earlier in the season, as well as fellow NCAA Tournament squads Boise State (twice), Colorado State and UCLA to prove its worth. The Aztecs have shown great consistency under head coach Steve Fisher, qualifying for the Big Dance in four straight seasons.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with SDSU, 3-0, although the teams haven't played met since 1975.

While the Sooners failed to stick out in the Big 12 with either their scoring offense (71.1 ppg) or scoring defense (66.2 ppg), a balanced effort at both ends of the floor, in addition to strong margins in the rebounding (+1.9) and turnover (+1.5) departments, has assured them of an impressive season. The catalyst for Oklahoma is Romero Osby, who has had an outstanding senior season in the paint with 15.8 ppg on 52.2 percent shooting from the field, to pair with 7.0 rpg and nearly a block per contest. The 6-foot-8 forward is also clutch at the foul line, making nearly 80 percent of his 191 attempts. Steven Pledger (11.8 ppg) is the team's resident sniper, shooting 70-of-189 from 3- point distance (.370), while Amath M'Baye joins Osby in the frontcourt with 10.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg.

Although the Aztecs' offensive attack may not be as potent as Oklahoma's (69.2 ppg, .438 FG percentage), it doesn't need to be considering their stout defense, and they yield a mere 60.7 ppg to opponents on less than 39 percent field goal shooting. At the center of SDSU's game plan is Jamaal Franklin, who is without question one of the most versatile guards in the nation. In addition to scoring a team-high 16.7 ppg while knocking down more than a 3- pointer per game, at just 6-foot-5, he is one of the best inch-for-inch rebounders in the nation (9.5 rpg), and if that wasn't enough he also chips in 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg and 0.8 bpg for good measure. Chase Tapley is a more traditional perimeter player, scoring 13.5 ppg on 66-of-174 accuracy from beyond the arc (.379), while Xavier Thames falls just shy of the double-digit scorers' club (9.8 ppg), mostly due to his poor field goal percentage (.355).

This is sure to be an interesting matchup, as Oklahoma has the size advantage down low, yet SDSU is much stronger at the guard position. In the end, it will likely come down to which team's star will come up big in the clutch, and figure for that to be the Aztecs' Franklin considering the numerous ways he can poke holes in the defense.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 71, Oklahoma 65

03/22 10:31:57 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 84
CHI 80
 
12th
DUR 4
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
9th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
7th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 4
 
4th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
3rd
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
3rd
HOU 2
KAN 1
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 84
CHI 80
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
3rd
MIL 63
ATL 58
 
Half
CLE 51
BRK 49
 
Half
MEM 51
DAL 53
 
Half
OKC 54
DET 55
 
Half
NOP 53
HOU 50
 
3rd
SAN 53
LAL 57
 
Half
MIA 51
PHI 55
 
Half
NYK 44
TOR 57
 
3rd
MIN 48
UTA 51
 
Half
BOS 56
WAS 68
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 2
MON 3
 
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
12th
DUR 4
NOR 6