OCU is hosting this year’s Sooner Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
The conference is hosted at a different SAC college every year.
It begins Wednesday, Mar. 4, and will continue through Saturday, March 7, in Abe Lemons Arena in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.
Sophomore Guard Albany Anderson said the tournament usually brings out large crowds.
“I’m excited to see a lot of people come out in support,” she said. “We stay close to home and play on our home court, so we know it pretty well.”
The basketball conference is the nation’s premiere postseason tournament, athletic officials said.
“It means more work for us at the athletic department, but it’s an advantage to our teams,” said Jim Abbott, assistant vice president for intercollegiate athletics.
Ten schools, each with men’s and women’s teams, will compete in the tournament. There will be a total of 18 games played over four days, Abbott said.
“It brings people to our campus,” Abbott said. “They get to take a look at our terrific campus, and it’s good for OKC because it brings business to town that might’ve not been here otherwise.”
OCU’s women’s basketball team is going into the tournament as the No. 1 team in the conference. Anderson said she expects the success to continue.
“It’ll be interesting to see the crowd because it’s senior day and we play at home,” she said. “Hopefully we get a big crowd.”
The men’s team is going into the tournament tied for second.
John Brown University from Arkansas is the women’s team’s biggest competition, Anderson said.
The men’s and women’s teams were orginally scheduled to play John Brown Feb. 28, but the games were postponed due to inclement weather. The results were unkown at presstime.
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