Thursday's Game: The No. 12-seeded North Dakota State men's basketball team (25-6, 12-2 Summit League) will play No. 5 seed Oklahoma (23-9, 12-6 Big 12) in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (11,736) in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, March 20. Game time is set for 6:27 p.m. (CT) / 4:27 p.m. (PT).

What's at Stake: NDSU is looking for its first Division I NCAA Tournament victory in its second tournament appearance. The winner of the North Dakota State-Oklahoma contest will play the winner of No. 4 seed San Diego State and No. 13 seed New Mexico State in the third round on Saturday, March 22, with that game time still to be determined.

Television: Live coverage will be on truTV with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Doug Gottlieb (analyst) and Jaime Maggio (reporter) calling the action. will have live video streaming of each tournament game.

Radio: KFGO-AM 790 of Fargo and KXMR-AM 710 of Bismarck will broadcast live with Scott Miller calling the play-by-play and Jeremy Jorgenson on analysis. Coverage includes 20-minute pregame and postgame shows.
Westwood One Sports will broadcast live with Ted Robinson and P.J. Carlesimo calling the action. Audio streaming will be available exclusively at

Series History: NDSU and Oklahoma have never met in basketball. The Bison are 0-7 against members of the Big 12 Conference in the Division I era (since 2004-05) including an 84-74 loss to Kansas in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament in Minneapolis.

Title Talk: NDSU swept The Summit League's regular season and tournament titles for the second time in school history. The Bison overcame an eight-point deficit in a 60-57 win over Fort Wayne in the championship game of the league tournament last Tuesday, March 11.
NDSU clinched its second Summit League regular season title with an 82-54 win over South Dakota in Fargo on Feb. 27. The Bison also earned the league crown outright in 2008-09.

Bison in the Postseason: North Dakota State is making its second NCAA tournament and its fourth postseason appearance as a Division I program. NDSU was a No. 14 seed and played Kansas (L, 74-84) in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional at the Metrodome. NDSU's first year of Division I postseason eligibility was 2009 after a five-year reclassification from Division II that left the Bison out of the playoffs from 2005 through 2008. The Bison played in the College Basketball Invitational in 2012 and 2013.

One Win From the Record: NDSU has reached the 20-win mark four times in its 10-year Division I history. The 25 wins this season are the third-most in school history. One more victory would match the school record of 26 wins set in 1924-25 and 2008-09.

Shooting Prowess: NDSU is No. 1 among all 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams in field goal percentage this season at 50.9 percent. The Belmont Bruins entered the tournament second at 50.5 percent. Senior Marshall Bjorklund is No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage for individuals at 63.6 percent.