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Oklahoma basketball: OU exceeds expectations in season that ended with NCAA Tournament return

It was the year of the three freshman guards, the year of the rebuilder and the year of Oklahoma's return to the NCAA Tournament. But first and foremost, it was the year of Romero Osby.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: March 23, 2013

Putting together a strong foundation. The Sooners showed glimpses of what they were and what is to come. There's the athleticism of Amath M'Baye and the experience of Cam Clark. Then there's also the fierce competitiveness of Gonzaga transfer Ryan Spangler as well as the strength and grittiness of redshirts C.J. Cole and D.J. Bennett and freshman Steve Noworyta. Combine all of that, and next season's team is likely to be more physical and aggressive, which is what Kruger continually asked for throughout this season.

Struggling to close games. Oklahoma led two of its last three games at halftime. The Sooners lost all three and struggled with scoring droughts, including an eight-minute one against Iowa State. Bottom line: OU must learn to close late in the season.

Bottling the team player in Romero Osby. All Oklahoma players and coaches could say this year about their starting senior forward were positive things. Amath M'Baye even raised his hand during NCAA Tournament interviews to speak good words of Osby. It's going to be hard for Oklahoma to replace Romero Osby.


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