The Norman Transcript


January 28, 2008

Sooners get it right

Column by sports editor Clay Horning

Who knows how far this team will go.

Saturday night at the Big 12 Tournament? Dancing after getting bounced out of Kansas City? All the way to a second weekend of Madness?

Hard to know.

Because there’s the matter of this team getting better and better and better, so asking where everything might end is kind of like asking when the Sooners will quit getting better. Or how far they’ll have come when they quit getting better.

But if that’s the uncertainty facing Jeff Capel, his team and that portion of the Sooner Nation aware they play basketball at this university, something else appears more clear.

Oklahoma should go every bit as far as it’s supposed to.

It hasn’t always been that way.

Think back to Sooner teams of yesteryear. As good as some them were, all too often they left you asking questions.

Like, Wasn’t five years long enough for Johnnie Gilbert to develop a jumper? Or, Why was Aaron McGhee the only post who got better? Or, What are they trying to do offensively? And the old favorite, Why did he just stand there while the other team came back?

Well, other than building a house of bricks from the free throw line, this bunch of Sooners causes no such consternation. It’s got one star and a bunch of guys nobody ever thought a lot of until maybe this season. And all they seem to do is max out night after night after night.

They don’t beat themselves.

They don’t lose composure.

They don’t turn a tie ball into two free throws for the other team the way Byron Eaton did Monday night with 4:43 to play, sending Blake Griffin to the free-throw line where the fresh-manchild finally proved he couldn’t miss unguarded 15 footers forever.

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