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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners to face UCLA in Battle 4 Atlantis

The Sooners will get a tough test from the outset, facing UCLA at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis resort. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 5, 2014
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With a loaded field, Oklahoma figured to get a tough draw in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The Sooners will get a tough test from the outset, facing UCLA at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis resort.

The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The Bruins were 28-9 last season and finished second in the Pac 12. UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

The Sooners have met the Bruins three times, with UCLA winning all three at home. The teams last met in the 1974-75 season when the Bruins beat OU 111-66.

The winner of the OU-UCLA game will play the winner of North Carolina-Butler at noon on Thanksgiving Day. The first-round losers of those games will meet at 6 p.m.

North Carolina was 24-10 last season while Butler was 14-17.

The other side of the bracket features Wisconsin vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Florida vs. Georgetown.

The tournament will be a homecoming of sorts for Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield, who is from Freeport, Bahamas. Hield averaged 16.5 points per game to lead the Sooners last season.

He recently averaged a team-high 19.8 points per game during the FIBA Americas CentroBasket Championship for the Bahamas.

Villanova won the event last season. Duke won in 2012, and Harvard won the inaugural event in 2011.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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