On Wednesday, Oklahoma will depart for its first NCAA Tournament since Blake Griffin was the star in Norman.
The Sooners will leave for the airport at 12:45 p.m. to fly to Philadelphia, where they face San Diego State on Friday night.
Fans can send off the Sooners by gathering at the Lloyd Noble Center's south ramp, which is located between the two practice gyms, on Wednesday.
No. 10 seed OU takes on No. 7 seed San Diego State at approximately 8:20 p.m. Friday, with the game televised on TBS.
If the Sooners beat the Aztecs, Oklahoma will face the winner of the Georgetown-Florida Gulf Coast game on Sunday.
OU CAN'T RELY JUST ON OSBY
Sooner senior Sam Grooms wants to be more aggressive in postseason play. He said he didn't think he was aggressive at all the last two games — when Oklahoma lost to TCU and Iowa State, respectively.
“I need to try to get in the paint and create some habits for those guys to get easier shots,” Grooms said. “I kind of force them to create their own shots, and after a while that gets tiring. We wore (Romero Osby) out in the Iowa State game. He had to create every shot, and I didn't do much to let him get open shots. I've got to be as aggressive as I can.”
What Grooms is referring to is the fact that Osby didn't make a shot in the final nine minutes against the Cyclones. It was something that left him frustrated, he said, for the entire ride back from Kansas City — and Grooms knows it.
“We rode him the whole game,” Grooms said. “After a while he got kind of tired. We should have been players and made plays and do what they needed to do, but we kept trying to wait for him instead of giving him that out like, ‘Okay, Roe, we got you. We got this shot. Roe, we got you. We'll get this rebound.' We can't require him to do everything.”
ARENT NOT CLEARED
Senior Casey Arent sprained a medial collateral ligament in his knee just a few days after freshman guard Buddy Hield went down with a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot in February.
Hield is back. Arent is not.
However, the senior has been working out on the elliptical trainer during Oklahoma's practices. While Hield's injury required surgery, Arent's just required rest. He has worn a brace on it for the last few weeks and hasn't dressed recently.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said it is highly unlikely Arent will be ready for at least the Sooners' first game in the NCAA Tournament.
Grooms on his excitement Osby being named to the All-Big 12 First Team: “He came in here all summer. He stayed here. He didn't go home. He worked out. Did everything he could to get in the best shape that he could. He shot shots every day. He worked with Coach (Steve) Henson every day. That stuff right there, when it comes time and you see it pay off for him, you're ecstatic. I can't really explain the feeling.”