BOSTON (Ticker) -- Sixth-seeded Oklahoma State will try to snap a three-game NCAA Tournament losing streak when it faces No. 11 Pennsylvania in the first round of the East regional on Friday at the FleetCenter.
The Cowboys (21-9) are making their sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament but have not won since their run to the regional finals in 2000. They lost to Florida that year and have fallen in the first round the last two years.
Oklahoma State won 15 straight games earlier in the season and stood at 17-1 after defeating Iowa State on January 29. Since then, though, the Cowboys have won just four of 13 games, and lost four of their last five to end the season.
The Quakers, meanwhile, have been one of the hottest teams in the nation. One of only three teams to go undefeated in conference play this season, Penn (22-5) has won 15 in a row since a 66-48 loss to St. Joseph's on January 25.
Penn is making its fourth appearance at the NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons, but has not advanced past the first round since 1994, when it beat Nebraska.
Senior forward Ugonna Onyekwe has led the Quakers in scoring in each of their last three games and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. Onyekwe scored 20 points in Penn's 74-67 win at Princeton on March 11.
Oklahoma State's last game was a 60-58 loss to Missouri in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Victor Williams led the Cowboys with 12 points in that contest, while Ivan McFarlin pulled down 14 rebounds.
If the Quakers hope to pull off an upset, they will need a solid performance from Jeff Schiffner, a junior guard who shot 46 percent from 3-point range this season.
Oklahoma State and Penn have met only once before, on December 8, 1979 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Cowboys posted a 91-76 victory.