#85 Oklahoma Sooners: College Basketball 111 in 111

oklahoma cheerleaders

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Lon Kruger era as the Oklahoma Sooners’ head coach got off to a solid start as OU started last season 10-2 in non-conference action.  Reality quickly set in as the Sooners struggled in Big 12 play and finished with a losing record.  All five starters are back this season as Oklahoma could be a sleeper team in the new-look Big 12.

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#97 Oklahoma Sooners: College Basketball 111 in 111

oklahoma dance team

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Three years ago, the Blake Griffin-led Oklahoma Sooners were one of the hottest commodities in college basketball, coming within one game of reaching the Final Four.  However, off the court issues and disappointing finishes on the court resulted in Jeff Capel getting fired this off-season.  Former UNLV head coach Lon Kruger now tries to resurrect the program.

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Maui Invitational Preview: Michigan State’s Tourney to Lose

Maui Invitational logo

Break out the Hawaiian shirts…  The Maui Invitational always seems to be the cream of the Thanksgiving tournament crop and this year is no different as three top fifteen teams headline the field including second ranked Michigan State and the once again young, but talented Kentucky Wildcats.

The Invite will expand to 12 teams next season featuring 23 games, 11 of which are played on the mainland.  The 2011 field is more loaded than a frat boy at 2:00 am on Saturday night with Duke, Kansas, Georgetown, Memphis, Tennessee, and UCLA already committed to play.  Here is a breakdown of the 2010 match-ups:

By: David Kay
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