COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oklahoma and UCLA are itching for a rematch.
First, however, those two at-large entrants have to deal with first-round opponents in the NCAA tournament at Ohio State's St. John Arena.
The sixth-seeded Sooners (22-10) take on Mid-American Conference tournament champion Central Michigan (21-11) in Saturday's first game, with the third-seeded Bruins (25-7) meeting Atlantic Sun tournament winner Stetson (24-8) in the nightcap.
The winners square off on Monday night. If form holds, it would be a redo of UCLA's 86-80 win in Norman, Okla., on Nov. 14.
The Sooners have even more incentive than retribution, since that winner advances to the regional in Oklahoma City — almost in their backyard.
Meanwhile, Central Michigan and Stetson each seek their first NCAA win — and to ruin the rematch.