Payton II following in father's NCAA footsteps at Oregon St

Virginia Commonwealth guard Melvin Johnson, center, dribbles across the court as head coach Will Wade, right, watches, during a practice for a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oregon State has spent the week celebrating its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 26 years.

Next up Friday for the seventh-seeded Beavers (19-12) is tournament regular Virginia Commonwealth in Oklahoma City.

The 10th-seeded Rams (24-10) are making their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, though this is the first under coach Will Wade – a former VCU assistant under former coach Shaka Smart who spent the last two seasons at Chattanooga.

Despite being the higher seed, Oregon State enters the game as an underdog – thanks in large part to its relative inexperience compared to that of VCU. The Rams have reached the tournament nine times since 2004, including their 2011 Final Four run.