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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/14/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 14, 2011 -- The James Madison women's basketball team will play Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  The game against the Sooners will be in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday, March 20.

Tip-off for the contest is approximately 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.  All NCAA Tournament games will also be carried on ESPN3.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for our program and our fan base," Head Coach Kenny Brooks said. "It's a place so close to home. We're excited about playing against Oklahoma, because they are a tremendous basketball team with a wonderful coach and a lot of experience. We'll have a good following and it's going to be a wonderful time this weekend."

The Colonial Athletic Association champion Dukes are seeded 11th in the Dayton region and Oklahoma is seeded sixth.  The winner advances to a March 22 second-round game between the winner of the 12:15 p.m. game between third-seeded Miami and No. 14 seed Gardner-Webb.

Tickets for the first round games at John Paul Jones Arena are now on sale through JMU's online athletic ticketing website. Reserved seating is $15, while general admission is $10. Priority seating has a deadline for 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets will be available for pickup on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. or on game day at the arena.

JMU's NCAA tournament appearance will be the Dukes' second consecutive and ninth overall.  JMU played in four straight NCAA events from 1986-89. The Dukes also had NCAA appearances in 1991, 1996, 2007 and 2010.

The Dukes in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1991 reached the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament.

JMU in 1986 reached the "Sweet 16" with a victory at regionally top-seeded Virginia, and the Dukes in 1991 defeated nationally No. 1-ranked Penn State en route to their "Sweet 16" appearance.

JMU will enter postseason play with a 26-7 record after winning the CAA Tournament held at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., on Sunday.

Oklahoma (21-11) enters its 12th straight NCAA Tournament and is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances.  The Sooners, who lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 semifinals, received an at-large bid.

JMU, which earned an automatic bid by winning the conference championship, is the only CAA team in this year's NCAA Tournament.

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