2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: Oklahoma Sooners
Conference: Big 12 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Throughout much of the 2012-13 season, the Oklahoma Sooners have quietly taken care of business and done their fair share. The Sooners did enough to earn a berth within the NCAA Tournament this season, ending a three year drought in that regard. Yes, this season marks Oklahoma’s first appearance within the Big Dance since the 2008-09 season and in fact, it’s just their third bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.
A solid, well-balanced group all around could present some potential issues for their opponents if they can bring their A-game. This season however, is a credit to the work that head coach Lon Kruger has put in place in his short time at the school.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Romero Osby (15.8 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Romero Osby (7.0 rpg)
Leading Passer: Sam Grooms (3.2 apg)
Bad Losses: TCU, Arkansas
Good Wins: Oklahoma State, Kansas
The biggest issue in regards to the Sooners’ potential was their lackluster play down the stretch. Oklahoma is virtually backing their way into the tournament having lost three of the past five games overall. The Sooners have dropped back-to-back contests entering the tournament field, including a regular season finale defeat at the hands of TCU.
Either way, Romero Osby is a load inside and certainly a player to watch for on this Oklahoma squad.
The Oklahoma Sooners are dancing!
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