October 28, 2015

Oklahoma at a glance

Eds: With BKC--Oklahoma Preview

By The Associated Press=

Oklahoma

Last season: 24-11, lost in NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

Nickname: Sooners. Coach: Lon Kruger.

Conference: Big 12.

Key returners: Buddy Hield is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year. Hield, guards Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard, and forward Ryan Spangler are back after starting every game last season.

Who left: Forward TaShawn Thomas started every game last season and averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds.

The Skinny: Hield considered leaving for the NBA but chose to return, fueling Final Four hopes. The Sooners are experienced, versatile, deep and well coached, and they expect to make a deep run in March.

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