Oklahoma's Ryan Spangler celebrates after making a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riede
Charlie Riedel
March 15, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Oklahoma reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and will face Albany in its opener on Friday night.

The Sooners (22-10), ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25, haven't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2009, when they fell to North Carolina in a regional final. Oklahoma got a No. 3 seed in the tournament after losing to Iowa State 67-55 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.

Albany (24-8) is making its third straight appearance in the tournament, clinching the America East's berth with a 51-50 win over Stony Brook in the conference title game. Peter Hooley hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left.

Albany is 1-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, getting its only victory last season by beating Mount St. Mary's at the First Four in Dayton before losing to Florida.

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