NCAA appearance: Guarded condition
Yes, the Sooners returned to the NCAA Tournament this season, making their first appearance since Blake Griffin and Co. But they failed to survive until the weekend, done in by San Diego State. In the program's last 10 trips to the tournament, this is only the third one-and-done. With senior Romero Osby carrying such a big load late, it begs the question — can they do better next year?
March Madness: Critical condition
The month of March was not kind to the Sooners. Instead of playing their best ball and building momentum toward the postseason, they became a wildly inconsistent team and lost three of five games in the month. Their offense failed them late in the season, never more so than against San Diego State. Everyone not named Romero Osby went 14 of 43 vs. the Aztecs.
Attendance: Stable condition
The Sooners had a three-year high in ticket sales this season, rebounding from two abysmal seasons. Each of the past two years, OU averaged below 8,600 tickets sold per home game. This season, it averaged 9,890. The Sooners have yet to see home crowds return to Blake Griffin Era standards, but after three years of decline, any increase is positive. An increase of more than 1,300 a game is extremely positive.
Recruiting: Stable condition
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.