What: NCAA Tournament, Oklahoma City Regional

Time/Place: 8:30 p.m., Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

Records/Rankings/Seeds: Oklahoma 22-8, 11-5 Big 12/No. 13 Associated Press Top 25, No. 13 USA Today/ESPN Top 25/No. 4 seed; Notre Dame 24-8, 11-5 Big East/No. 15 Associated Press Top 25, No. 19 USA Today/ESPN Top 25/No. 5 seed.

Oklahoma storyline: The Sooners are still trying to make the long climb back from three straight losses heading into the NCAA Tournament to having a real shot at the Final Four and OU will have it if wins today if only because the Ford Center is waiting on the winner. OU topped Illiinois State 69-61 in the first round with 8 of its very best minutes coming out of the half. The Sooners also put four girls in double figures. Those are tremendous signs, just as 40.6 percent shooting and 1 of 11 3-point shooting are most definitely not. To win. the Sooners will most likely have to show a great deal of continued progress.

Notre Dame storyline: The Irish are an interesting team, running out a starting lineup that claims to include four guards and a center that's long on balance (three starters, all guards - see below - are averaging at least 10 points) and yet the Sooners have still managed to find an opponent that shares their seemingly absolute lack of marksmanship from beyond the 3-point arc. The Irish are shooting 28.8 percent this season from long range. Still, Notre Dame has managed this season quite well and done so in a conference, the Big East, that might be the Big 12's rare equal. Both leagues sent eight teams into March Madness.

Sooner starters: C 3 Courtney Paris (6-4, Jr./18.5 ppg, 15.0 rpg); F 5 Ashley Paris (6-3, Jr./11.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg); F 21 Amanda Thompson (6-0, So./8.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G 11 Jenna Plumley (5-4, So./7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg); G 13 Danielle Robinson (5-9, Fr./12.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.2 apg)

Irish starters: G 2 Chanel Allen (5-11 Sr./14.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg/5.3 apg); G 30 Ashley Barlow (5-9 So./12 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G 31 Lindsay Schrader (6-0, Jr./10.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg); G 14 Tulyah Gaines (5-7, Jr./7.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg); C 52, Erica Williamson (6-4, So./ 6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

TV: ESPN2 (Cox 28)

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520

Series: OU leads 1-0.

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