March Madness has officially begun and for the Oklahoma Sooners, the big day is on Friday. The Sooners will take on the San Diego State Aztecs in a second round match-up on Friday night in Philadelphia, PA.
Both teams struggled at the end of the season, unsure of whether or not either would have a solid chance of making it in or coming in as a bubble.
This is the Sooners first time back dancing in four years. There is familiarity between these two teams, even if it isn’t because they play. Sooners head coach Lon Kruger has faced the Aztecs several times when he was the head coach at UNLV.
It doesn’t stop at Kruger – one of the Sooners’ star players, Amath M’Baye, is a Wyoming transfer and took on the Aztecs in MWC play during his time there.
These two teams have actually played against each other before, with the Sooners owning the series 3-0.
The Aztecs are being picked by most to win the game, but looking back at their record, they have struggled defensively against quick-offense teams. Advantage to Oklahoma in this respect, as they have the 35th best offense in the country. The Aztecs are also not the most stellar of offensive units. The Sooners will need to keep pressure going and get ahead quickly, but play a slower pace and play methodical.
Every time I have predicted Oklahoma to handle a game with ease, it ends up being polar-opposite. I do think they will have the advantage in this game, but for lucks sake, I won’t say “with ease”.
You’re welcome Sooner Nation.
Game is scheduled to tip-off at 8:20 PM CST, Friday, March 22nd.