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March 16, 2014

Cowboys to face Gonzaga as nine seed in NCAA

STILLWATER, Okla. —

Oklahoma State will face a familiar foe in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
It was announced Sunday during the reveal of the bracket that the Cowboys, the No. 9 seed in the West Region, will face No. 8 seed Gonzaga at 3:40 p.m. Friday in San Diego.
It will mark the third time in four years the Pokes and Bulldogs will square off, with the most recent being a close 69-68 loss by OSU in Stillwater a year ago.
"We're a little familiar with them. Both teams are very similar to what they had last year, as far as personnel," Cowboy coach Travis Ford said. "Neither team lost a whole lot, so we're pretty familiar with each other."
While Ford mentioned how familiar the two teams are with one another, he was quick to point out the two teams are still different from a year ago - when Gonzaga was a one seed and lost in the second round to Wichita State, while OSU was a five seed.
"It's a totally different year. I don't think our team gets caught up into whether we won or lost the last game, just that we know the personnel," Ford said.
"We won't put too much stock into it because we are a different team than we were last year - and they're a different team. But I don't think you get too caught up into how that game was played other than certain personnel."
History will be stacked against Oklahoma State with its first-round matchup.
OSU is 0-5 all-time when playing in the West Region - and a staggering 0-7 in NCAA tournament or NIT games played west of Oklahoma City - and is 0-5 all-time against Gonzaga dating back to the first matchup in 2004.

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