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Oklahoma Athletics | April 29, 2015

Hoops in Pearl Harbor

  Bloch Arena will host two NCAA basketball games on Dec. 7, 2015.

NORMAN, Okla -- Helping pay tribute to the lives lost during the attack of United States military installations on the Hawaiian Islands on Dec. 7, 1941, Oklahoma will play Villanova on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu. The day will mark the 74th anniversary of the attacks.

The OU-Villanova game, which will be televised by FOX Sports 1, will be played inside Bloch Arena and will be part of a four-day remembrance by FOX Sports, with the network also covering activities and events associated with Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

The Sooners and Wildcats will tip off at 7 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time) and be followed by a game between Navy and Oregon (also televised by FOX Sports 1). Villanova finished 33-3 in 2014-15 and won the Big East regular season title with a 16-2 conference mark. The Wildcats were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"Playing in this game will be a true honor for our basketball program," said OU head coach Lon Kruger. "The activities surrounding our trip will provide a tremendous educational opportunity for everyone in our group. We're very much looking forward to learning in person about the events of Dec. 7, 1941, the servicemen who tragically fell that day and the remarkable patriotism that united our country as a result."

One of the casualties in the Pearl Harbor attack was the USS Oklahoma. The 583-foot battleship capsized and sank after it was hit by Japanese torpedoes. A total of 429 of the ship's officers and crew were killed.

OU owns a 1-2 overall mark against the Wildcats, winning a 1988 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game (78-59 in Birmingham, Alabama) and losing regular-season contests in 2005-06 (85-74 at Villanova) and 2006-07 (67-51 in Norman).

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