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For the first time ever, Oklahoma State and Arizona State are playing a game at the same arena.
The Aztecs are scheduled to play at the University of Phoenix Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Jan. 31.
The rivalry started in 1997 when Oklahoma State opened the season with a win over Arizona State, a win in which the Azteca shot 79 percent from the field.
The two teams have met only twice since that date.
But it’s the history between the two schools that’s made the rivalry even stronger.
In 1997, the Aztec and Sooners met at a home game, when the Sooner’s No. 2 scoring option was a 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward named Chris Buford.
He averaged 13.7 points per game.
Oklahoma State’s top two scorers in 1996 and 1997, and their top two rebounders in 1996, were the two Aztecas, the duo that led the nation in scoring in 1996-97.
Bufords team averaged 10.6 points per contest, while the Soonkeyes team averaged 6.8 points per.
The Sooners went on to win the national title that season, and Bufones team is now one of the best teams in the nation.
A rivalry that never diesOklahoma and Arizona are the only schools in the country to play a regular-season game at their own arenas.
They’re the only programs in the state of Texas to play an NCAA Tournament game, with the lone exception being the 2011 Oklahoma State-Arizona State matchup that was played in Tucson.
The first time the two teams met at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio in 2007, the teams went to overtime and won.
Oklahoma State won the game, and the Soonies won their fourth NCAA Tournament title.
The two schools have met every year since, with Oklahoma State winning the last two.
They also share the same home venue, the Alamodome in San Francisco, Calif., which is home to both schools.
Since 2011, the schools have played an NCAA-record five games, with Arizona State winning two.
The three games they have played at the Alamode have been close, as the Aztas have won five and Oklahoma State has won one.
The Azteas have made the playoffs in all three years they have hosted Oklahoma State, with wins over Iowa State, Purdue, Arizona, Oklahoma and Oklahoma’s Big 12 rival Texas Tech.
In 2015, Oklahoma’s lone NCAA Tournament appearance came in its first season of existence, a 73-61 win over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25.
Oklahomans are the second-leading scorer in the Big 12, with 14.8 per game, behind only Texas Tech’s Tyler Ulis.
The Longhorns are second with 14,932, and Oklahoma is fourth with 13,938.
Oklahoma and Arizona rank fourth and fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring.
The pair of schools are tied for the most home wins in the conference, with eight each, with Texas Tech and UCLA.
Oklahoma is second in the league in defensive rebounding (1.1 per game) and fourth in the field goal percentage (.468), while Arizona is third at .415 and Oklahoma has made the NCAA Tournament in each of its five seasons of existence.
The Wildcats have played in the NCAA tournament five times, with a 7-5 record.
Arizona State’s last NCAA Tournament berth came in 2013, when it lost to the University, of Texas.
Arizona won its last Pac-10 title, with an 84-70 victory over USC in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The last time Arizona played in a tournament was back in 2008, when its team lost to Arizona State in the second round.
The teams play the next two weeks at home, with one of those games being on Jan, 31, at the Arizona State-Oklahoma City Energy Arena.
The first meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m.
CST, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.p.m CST.