Now that the Big 12 basketball season is over, we will take a look back at all of the conference teams to see where they were, and where they’re going. Today we’ll look at the Oklahoma Sooners.
2010-11 Record: 14-18
Big 12 Conference Record (Standing): 5-11 (tied for 10th)
Our Preseason Predictions:
Joe: 12th in the Big 12
Evan: 10th in the Big 12
Matt: 11th in the Big 12
Season MVP: Cade Davis (Senior)
Davis was a bright spot for a team that didn't have many. Davis averaged team-leading 14.2 points per game and 5 rebounds per game (it's not a great sign for your team rebounding if your leading rebounder averages five a game). Davis didn't turn the ball over and shot over 55% from inside the arc. Davis shined at the end of the season, scoring in double figures the last eight games while averaging just under 20 points a game during the stretch.
It was a tough season for the Sooners, who probably saw this season coming from a mile away. After losing the last of his stars from terrific 2007 and 2008 recruiting classes, this team needed time to rebuild. The season started off fine until the Sooners headed to Maui where they managed to lose three straight--including one to host Division-II Chaminade. The high point of the season was definitely the four game winning streak (Texas Tech, Colorado, Iowa State and Baylor) the Sooners put together in the first half of conference play to move over .500. They proceeded to lose eight straight conference games before beating in-state rival Oklahoma State to close out the year.
The 2011-12 outlook is mixed. I don't think Oklahoma can make the jump to the top half of the conference, but the Sooners made a terrific coaching hire in UNLV's Lon Kruger (a K-State alumnus). Kruger and his staff have a lot of work ahead, but there's no reason to believe they won't have Oklahoma back in the NCAA Tournament in the next two or three years. I'm not sure Kruger will ever lead Oklahoma to contend yearly for the Big 12 title (ala Kansas), but I wouldn't be surprised to see Kruger have Oklahoma back in the second tier that can make a run with the right recruiting class.
See our schedule for Season Recaps after The Jump.
Tuesday, April 5 Baylor Season Recap
Wednesday, April 6 Colorado Season Recap
Thursday, April 7 Iowa State Season Recap
Friday, April 8 Kansas Season Recap
Monday, April 11 K-State Season Recap
Tuesday, April 12 Mizzou Season Recap
Wednesday, April 13 Nebraska Season Recap
Thursday, April 14 Oklahoma Season Recap
Friday, April 15 Oklahoma State Season Recap
Monday, April 18 Texas Tech Season Recap
Tuesday, April 19 Texas A&M Season Recap
Wednesday, April 20 Texas Season Recap