The hoop gods, also known as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee, blessed the University of Rhode Island and Providence College Sunday with berths in the lucrative NCAA tournament, also known as March Madness.
No. 25 URI (25-7), which lost to Davidson, 58-57, in the Atlantic 10 Championship game Sunday, received a No. 7 seed in the West Regional and will play No. 10 Oklahoma (18-13) Thursday in Pittsburgh. The Sooners made the field despite winning only two games since Feb. 1 and losing eight of the last 10. But they have Trae Young, the nation’s leading scorer.
Unranked PC (21-13), which lost to Villanova in overtime in the Big East Championship game Saturday in New York, drew the No. 10 spot in the Midwest Regional and will face No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) Friday at Charlotte, N.C.
Scheduled start for each game is 12:15 p.m.
This is Rhode Island’s second consecutive trip to the tournament under A-10 Coach of the Year Dan Hurley and only the second time in the history of the program that URI has gone to consecutive NCAA tournaments. Ed Cooley is taking his Friars to the tournament for the fifth consecutive year, a PC record.