College basketball in Oklahoma: A look at the Sooners' vital signs

Stephanie Kuzydym and Jenni Carlson take the pulse of OU basketball after a season in which the Sooners returned to the NCAA Tournament.
by Jenni Carlson and John Helsley and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 24, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) is surrounded by fans on the floor after the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) 72-66 in NCAA, men's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) is surrounded by fans on the floor after the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) 72-66 in NCAA, men's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Headlining the Sooners' incoming recruiting class is in-state star Jordan Woodard. He led Edmond Memorial to two Class 6A state titles in the past three seasons. The Sooners also bring in some size from the junior college ranks with 6-foot-10 Keshaun Hamilton.

TV ratings: Serious condition

Even though the Sooners improved this season, their TV ratings didn't show similar increases. While Bedlam games drew well, OU's best non-Bedlam rating was only a 4.4 against Kansas State. The Sooners' first-round loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament managed only a 1.2 rating.

Big Monday factor: Guarded condition

Marquee matchups were limited for the Sooners this season. They had just one Big Monday game — a win against Texas — but they beat NCAA Tournament teams Kansas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Rematches next season should be good draws. While the nonconference schedule isn't set, OU is expected to play Arkansas and Texas A&M on the backside of their home-and-home nonconference series.

by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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