Rhode Island-Oklahoma Kicks Off CBS Coverage of NCAA Tournament Thursday

Rhode Island-Oklahoma Kicks Off CBS Coverage of NCAA Tournament Thursday

Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma
NCAA Championship - Round of 64
PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 
Tip-Off: Thursday, March 15, 12:15 p.m. 
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  • Rhode Island is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Championship in program history.
  • This is the second straight season the Rams have made the 68-team field, marking just the second time Rhody has made the tounament in back-to-back seasons.
  • The only other time was a three-year run from 1997 through 1999.
  • Rhode Island is 7-9 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
  • Last season, the Rams were the No. 11 seed and upset No. 6 Creighton 84-72 in the opening round.
  • In the round of 32, Rhode Island led in the final minutes against No. 3 Oregon, but fell 75-72. The Ducks went on to play in the Final Four.
  • This is the second NCAA tournament appearance for head coach Dan Hurley. He is the fourth coach in Rhode Island history to lead the Rams to the tournmant multiple times, joining Ernie Calverly (1961, 1966), Al Skinner (1993, 1997) and Jim Harrick (1998, 1999).
  • The last time Rhode Island played in the PPG Arena was in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, when it defeated VCU 70-63 to win the title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
  • Rhode Island will be facing Oklahoma for the first time when the teams meet Thursday.
  • This is the second straight year Rhode Island and Iona have been at the same first-round site. Both teams opened the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Sacramento.
  • The Rams faced Iona earlier this season, beating the Gaels 80-74 on Dec. 21.
  • Rhode Island and Duke have met twice before in the NCAA tournament. Both times, Duke won by one point.
  • In 1988, the Blue Devils beat Rhody 73-72 in the Sweet 16, and in 1978, it was a 63-62 victory for Duke in the opening round.


  • The Rhode Island-Oklahoma game will kick off the March Madness coverage for Thursday on CBS.
  • Kevin Harlan will be on the call with Reggie Miller.
  • Dana Jacobson will join them as the sideline reporter.


  • Scott Graham will call the radio play-by-play for Westwood One, and he will be joined by Kelly Tripuka.
  • Westwood One is the exclusive national radio network rights holder for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Graham and Tripuka will call each of the tournament games played in Pittsburgh.
  • Westwood One will carry the game to a national audience via Sirius (137) and XM (201)