Capel and the Oklahoma Sooners reached the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament - the top of the college basketball world - in the 2007-2008 season and passed
that with a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2009 Tournament.
Capel is keeping up a long Sooners tradition of winning postseason play.
Oklahoma Sooners is the University of Oklahoma, NCAA Division I men's basketball
team. They currently play in the Big 12 Conference.
The University of Oklahoma was a charter member of the Southwest Athletic Conference
(SWC) from 1914 to 1919. Then Oklahoma left the SWC and joined the Missouri Valley
Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1928, the association divided and the
Sooners were one of the teams that formed the Big Six Conference. With the addition
of two additioanl schools, the Big Six became the Big Eight Conference. Four
more universities were added in 1996 and the name was changed one last time to
the Big 12 Conference.
Throughout the years, the team has had good luck in head coaches.
brought the team to national attention during his reign as head coach for the
Sooners from 1981 through 1994. Under Coach Tubbs the Oklahoma men's basketball
team made 10 NCAA Tournament Appearances, one Final Four appearance, and one National
Title Game appearance in 1988. The Sooners had two Conference Tournament Titles
and 5 Conference Regular Season Titles in the Big 8 while Tubbs was coaching.
the resignation of Billy Tubbs, Coach Kelvin Sampson took over. It was a good
match. The Sooners went to the postseason every year during his tenure at the
University of Oklahoma. In 2002, the Sooners played in the NCAA Tournament Final
Four where they lost to the Indiana Hoosiers.
The Sooners hold the record with
their streak of 25 straight post season appearances. Sampson left OU in 2006 after
coaching his team through 10 NCAA Tournament Appearances and one Final Four appearance.
In the Big 12, the Sooners under Sampson won three Conference Tournament Titles
and one Conference Regular Season Title.
Sooners have gone on to play professional basketball. Blake Griffin, Wayman Tisdale, Alvan Adams
and Mookie Blaylock are only three of them whose names should be familiar.
More about Oklahoma Sooners basketball around the Web:
University of Oklahoma Sooners - Sports Illustrated team page for OU Sooners
men's basketball team featuring comprehensive information, the roster, standings,
stats, rankings, game-by-game, conference page and conference scores.