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

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

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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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