In November, it was expected that the gap between Douglass and the rest of Class 4A had shrunk after the Trojans graduated 10 of the 12 players from their back-to-back state championship roster.
Then junior point guard Stephen Clark transformed his game, and the inexperienced cast of role players grew into significant contributors.
And now, we're back to asking, can anybody beat the Trojans?
No. 12 Piedmont gets the first shot, and Ryan Wagner's team will pose a unique matchup issue for Douglass.
Piedmont starts four players who are 6-foot-4 or taller, including the very athletic duo of 6-foot-5 sophomores Adrion Williams and Cameron Peters. The Wildcats also have a 6-foot-6 junior, Connor McFall, coming off the bench.
While Douglass was the biggest team around the last two seasons, they're not a big team this year. Dydrell Post, a 6-foot-4 senior, is coach Terry Long's most experienced big man.
ROLAND'S YOUNGBLOOD GAINING ATTENTION
Ranked No. 2 at 26-1, the Roland Rangers are viewed as the top contender to unseat Douglass. And their success will count heavily on Seth Youngblood.
The 6-foot guard leads the team in scoring at 20 points per game and has begun to grab the interest of some mid-major Division I programs, according to coach Ed Lewis.
Roland opens play against Tulsa McLain at 2 p.m. Thursday.
It will take a series of upsets to make it happen, but Anadarko and Cascia Hall are bracketed opposite of each other, leaving the potential for a rematch of the Class 3A state football championship game, which Anadarko won.
And both teams rely heavily on their football rosters for basketball.
Fourth-ranked Anadarko (25-1) has a roster full of football players, including The Oklahoman's Offensive Player of the Year, running back Sheldon Wilson. He averages 15 points and five rebounds per game, while quarterback Tyler Melton averages 13 points per game.
Cascia Hall's starting lineup includes Conner Sherwood, a linebacker who has signed with Tulsa.
Both teams have their work cut out in the first round. Ninth-ranked Cascia faces No. 5 Vinita, while Anadarko takes on No. 7 John Marshall.
All Class 4A first-round and semifinal games will be played at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City.