Pokes back in the Big Dance

The Oklahoma State Cowboys react to their matchup with Michigan in the NCAA Tournament. (KOKH)

STILLWATER , Okla. (KOKH) - After a year's hiatus, the Oklahoma State is back in the Big Dance.

The Cowboys earned the 10 seed in the Midwest Region, they will open up the NCAA Tournament to play against 7th seeded Michigan on Friday, March 17th in Indianapolis.

"It's a great feeling just to see us going to the dance, "said OSU sophomore point guard Jawun Evans. "This will be my first time going, so I really just can't wait to get there."

"Having to sit home and watch the NCAA Tournament for the first time it definitely makes you appreciate just being able to play in the tournament."

The Michigan Wolverines, who won their first Big 10 Tournament title since 1998 with a 71-56 win over Wisconsin Sunday, are set to make their 27th overall NCAA Tournament appearance.

"Michigan is a blue blood in basketball terms," said Cowboys forward Leyton Hammonds. "I feel like it gives us extra oomph because we want to beat those blue bloods. But regardless of who we play against, we're going to play as hard as we can."

This will be the fourth overall meeting between the two programs, the first since the second round of the 1997 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Cowboys and Wolverines last met in the NCAA Tournament in the 1992 Sweet 16.

Tip-off between Oklahoma State and Michigan is set for Friday at 11:15 a.m.

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