Sooners to play Stanford at HOF Classic
NORMAN – Oklahoma men's basketball will open the 2019 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker against Stanford on Monday, Nov. 25, in Kansas City, Mo., the tournament announced Thursday.
The Sooners' matchup against the Cardinal will tip at 8:30 p.m. CT at Sprint Center and will be televised on ESPN2. Oklahoma will face either Butler or Missouri in the second round of the four-team tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 26 on an ESPN network.
Additionally, the Sooners will host two host-round games at Lloyd Noble Center against William & Mary (Monday, Nov. 18) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (Thursday, Nov. 21).
Oklahoma has a long history of playing in Kansas City as part of postseason and holiday conference tournaments along with four NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Fours. This will be OU's first appearance in the Hall of Fame Classic (founded in 2001).
A Big 12 team has won the event in six of the last eight seasons, including each of the last three editions.
The Sooners are facing Stanford for the first time since the 1997 NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal lead the all-time series 2-1. OU's lone win over Stanford came in Kansas City when the Cardinal was invited to play in the 1951 Big Seven Holiday Tournament.
OU could potentially face historic rival Missouri in the second round of the event. The Sooners are 113-97 all-time against the Tigers and have faced the former conference foe just once (2014) since Mizzou left for the SEC.
Oklahoma owns a 3-2 series advantage over Butler, most recently facing the Bulldogs in the semifinals of the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis. The Sooners are 3-0 all-time against Maryland-Eastern Shore and have never faced William & Mary.
Tickets for the two rounds at Sprint Center will be available beginning at 10 a.m. CT on Sept. 7 by visiting www.halloffameweekend.com, www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
Oklahoma previously announced non-conference matchups against Minnesota (Nov. 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Oregon State (Nov. 12 in Portland, Ore.) along with a road game at Creighton (date TBD) as part of the Big 12's scheduling alliance with the BIG EAST.
A complete non-conference schedule and ticket information will be announced at a later time.
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