Oklahoma basketball: A chance to avoid a losing season

by Michael Baldwin Published: March 4, 2012
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Oklahoma can record its first non-losing season since Blake Griffin left for the NBA with a win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.


Coming off back-to-back losing seasons, the Sooners, 15-15, are experiencing the biggest men's basketball drought in nearly half a century.

From 1961 through 1967, OU experienced seven consecutive losing seasons under Doyle Parrack and Bob “Go Go” Stevens.

In John MacLeod's debut season (1967-68), the Sooners went 13-13 to end the streak.

Over the next 45 years, OU suffered only five losing seasons:

* 7-19 under MacLeod his second season (1969)

* 9-17 in Dave Bliss' inaugural season (1976)

* 9-18 in Billy Tubbs' inaugural season (1981)

* 13-18 and 14-18 in Jeff Capel's final two seasons (2010, 2011).


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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