Oklahoma Preview Capsule

Oklahoma Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

Oklahoma

Last season: 29-8, lost in Final Four.

Nickname: Sooners.

Coach: Lon Kruger.

Conference: Big 12.

Who's gone: G Buddy Hield, an All-American and a first-round draft pick; G Isaiah Cousins; F Ryan Spangler.

Who's back: G Jordan Woodard. He was Oklahoma's No. 2 scorer last season at 13 points per game. C Khadeem Lattin. One of the best interior defenders in college basketball, he will be asked to score more this season. G Christian James. Showed signs that he could be a big-time player late last season.

Who's new: G Kameron McGusty. He is the most highly regarded recruit in Kruger's tenure, and he comes from the same prep school as Hield. F Kristian Doolittle. There will be immediate opportunity for a physical power forward now that Spangler is gone.

The Skinny: The Sooners won't fall off as much as some might expect. Woodard and Lattin are used to winning, and a lot of talented players waited their turn. The recruiting class was very strong. Oklahoma will be a threat to return to the NCAA Tournament.

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