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

Published Mar. 17, 2016 6:03 p.m. ET

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.