Oklahoma Sooners Basketball 10-year Review

College Sports Fans reviews the Oklahoma Sooners, one of the NCAA’s top athletic programs

Oklahoma Basketball

Like the football team, Oklahoma’s basketball program has been a consistent winner. The Sooners won at least 20 games every season between 1997 and 2006 under the coaching of Kelvin Sampson. Aside from a tough 2003-04 season in Big 12 play, Oklahoma finished in the top three every other year during that stretch. The 2002 and 2003 seasons were the high point of the Sooner’s run, reaching the Final Four in ’02 and the Elite Eight in ’03.

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Oklahoma Basketball Records

  • 1996-97: 19-11 overall; 9-7 Big 12 (5th)

  • 1997-98: 22-11 overall; 11-5 Big 12 (T-2nd)

  • 1998-99: 22-11 overall; 11-5 Big 12 (T-2nd)

  • 1999-00: 27-7 overall; 12-4 Big 12 (T-3rd)

  • 2000-01: 26-7 overall; 12-4 Big 12 (T-2nd)

  • 2001-02: 32-5 overall; 13-3 Big 12 (2nd)

  • 2002-03: 27-7 overall; 12-4 Big 12 (3rd)

  • 2003-04: 20-11 overall; 8-8 Big 12 (7th)

  • 2004-05: 25-8 overall; 12-4 Big 12 (T-1st)

  • 2005-06: 20-9 overall; 11-5 Big 12 (3rd)

  • 2006-07: 16-15 overall; 6-8 Big 12 (T-8th)


Oklahoma Basketball Big 12 Conference Titles

  • 2004-05: 25-8 overall; 12-4 Big 12 (T-1st)


Oklahoma Basketball Coaching Records

  • Kelvin Sampson: 1995-2006 (279-109)

  • Jeff Capel: 2007-Present (16-15)


Oklahoma Basketball All-Americans

  • 2000: Eduardo Najera

  • 2002: Hollis Price

  • 2003: Hollis Price


Oklahoma Basketball Players Who Went Pro

  • 1997: Nate Erdmann (G)

  • 1998: Corey Brewer (G)

  • 2000: Eduardo Najera (F)


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Oklahoma Basketball Future Outlook

Jeff Capel’s first season as head coach of Oklahoma wasn’t easy, going 16-15 and finishing tied for eighth in the Big 12. Next season the Sooners lose two of their top three scorers with Nate Carter and Michael Neal graduating. Junior center Longar Longar will have to improve upon last season’s averages of 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for Oklahoma to be a force in conference play. Guards Tony Crocker and David Godbold provided solid backcourt play last season, but will need to shoulder more of a scoring load; neither player averaged more than eight points per game.

Next season’s recruiting class boasts a couple of talented players. Blake Griffin, Scout.com’s number seven power forward, and Tony Neysmith, the number twenty-two point guard, will be joining an already young team and bring some added depth.


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By Joey Whelan, CollegeSports-fans.com Staff Writer
Published May 2007


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