Yesterday, I wrote about how it’s possible that Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team could possibly still be withheld from the dance, but it would take two losses this week to West Virginia and TCU.
However, there still is a possibility that the Sooners do make the tournament for the first time in four years.
Here’s the history of Oklahoma’s postseason trips throughout the last 10 seasons.
2002-2003: Oklahoma ended the regular season 21-6, 12-4 and then went on to win the Big 12 Championship, beating Missiouri in the final game 49-47. They earned the No. 1 seed in the East Regional and made it to the Elite Eight before they lost to Syracuse, 63-47. The Orange went on to win the national title.
2003-2004: The Sooners struggled in conference play, making it to .500 on their final game of the regular season when they beat Baylor. Oklahoma went into the Big 12 Tournament as the seventh seed but lost in the second round and was kept from the NCAA tournament. They did receive a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they beat LSU before falling to Michigan.
2004-2005: Kelvin Sampson’s Sooners bounced back this season going 23-6, 12-4. They were ranked in the AP Top 25 and ended the regular season at No. 20. Their 12-4 Big 12 record earned them the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. They were bounced in the second round of that tournament by Texas Tech. They did make the NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed but lost in the second round to Utah.
2005-2006: The Sooners went 20-7, 11-5 during their regular season. However, Oklahoma lost in the first round of the Big 12 tournament and NCAA Tournament to Nebraska and Horizon League’s Wisconsin – Milwaukee, respectively. Kelvin Sampson went to coach Indiana after the season.
2006-2007: Jeff Capel was hired. Oklahoma went 16-15 overall and posted a 6-10 league record. They were withheld from the NCAA and NIT tournaments, which ended a 25-year postseason streak — the longest one in NCAA Div. I history at the time.
2007-2008: After a one-year hiatus, the Sooners saw the postseason. They posted a 21-10, 9-7 regular season record, but lost in the second round of both the league and NCAA tournaments.
2008-2009: Led by sophomore Blake Griffin, Oklahoma made its first road back to the Elite Eight in five seasons. The Sooners again lost to the eventual National Champions when the North Carolina Tar Heels booted them from the tournament in late March.
2009-2010: Oklahoma ended the regular season on an eight-game losing streak and lost in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. There was no talk about making it to March Madness.
2010-2011: The Sooners almost ended the season on another losing streak. They lost eight consecutive games before pulling out a victory in the season finale. They made it to the second round of the Big 12 Championships but did not receive a bid to any post-season tournament. Jeff Capel was fired.
2011-2012: In Lon Kruger’s first season, the Sooners went 15-16 (5-13). They again didn’t see the postseason national tournaments, but few realized this was just the first page in Kruger rebuilding another program.
2012-2013: The Sooners are in a position with a strong resume and strength of schedule and only one bad loss. However, their two games this week and potentially the Big 12 tournament ahead will determine the fate of Oklahoma’s postseason.