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Oklahoma basketball: Looking ahead to the Sooners' 2013-14 season

So what will Oklahoma have next season? A group of experienced sophomores, talented players who redshirted this season and incoming recruits who could help the Sooners to another to another NCAA Tournament bid.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: March 24, 2013

/articleid/3770988/1/pictures/1991862">Photo - Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye (22) tries to get past San Diego State's DeShawn Stephens (23) during a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye (22) tries to get past San Diego State's DeShawn Stephens (23) during a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

D.J. Bennett will be another forward with great athleticism, and C.J. Cole will provide high energy and hustle.

Then Oklahoma adds a point guard in Edmond Memorial's Jordan Woodard, who has helped his team to two of the last three Class 6A state titles. Woodard could see significant playing time at point guard.

Bottom line is that this team will likely be better next year than they were this year if they can find a consistent point guard and second shooter, but they'll need to replace a lot of the production and stability that Osby brought. Oklahoma ended the season by basically riding his hot streaks.

The Sooners must replace Osby's output if they want to turn in another 20-win season, another NCAA Tournament bid and another improved year under Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger.

“I want to leave a stamp of, ‘Hey, this program is back and we're on to bigger and better things,'” Osby said. “We just don't want to look back from here.”


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