- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Pacific-12 tournament champion Oregon State earned the second seed in the West Region and will host 15th-seeded Troy on Friday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State is the only Pac-12 school that has both its men’s and women’s teams in the NCAA Tournament.

“To play in front of our home crowd is huge,” said senior Jamie Weisner, the Pac-12 Player of the Year who is averaging 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The sixth-ranked Beavers (28-4) set a team record for most wins in a season and won a share of the Pac-12 regular season title before beating UCLA in the conference tournament final. Their seeding is the highest in school history.

The Beavers have won 18 of their last 19 games.

“Happy for this team to get what I feel like they deserve and what they earned,” coach Scott Rueck said.

Troy (20-12) won its first Sun Belt Tournament title after its second straight 20-win season. The Trojans are making their second NCAA Tournament appearance, and first since 1997.

Troy guard Ashley Beverly Kelley is averaging 20.3 points per game.

Seventh-seed Oklahoma State will play No. 10 seed St. Bonaventure in the late game Friday.

Oklahoma State (21-9) fell 61-43 to No. 24 Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Saturday. St. Bonaventure (23-7) fell to VCU 59-50 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.

It is Oklahoma State’s fourth straight appearance in the tournament.

“We’re very excited. These kids are very deserving of an NCAA bid and we’ve got to go to work to find some things out about St. Bonaventure and get a scout started as quick as possible, but we need to enjoy this. It doesn’t happen to everyone,” Cowgirls coach Jim Littell said.

The winners of each game Friday will play on Sunday.

“It’s going to be four great teams,” Rueck said. “This time of year, everybody is good.”

Oregon State also hosted the opening rounds as the No. 3 seed in the tournament last season, but fell in the second round to Gonzaga.


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