Team preview: Oklahoma

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:18 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

It's not often that 20 wins and a trip to the postseason for the 23rd consecutive season is considered a rebuilding year.

But the Sooners felt as much after squandering a 10-0 start last season, thanks in large part to their dependence on four freshmen and a season-ending shoulder injury to All-Big 12 candidate Kevin Bookout (7.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg). As a result, Kelvin Sampson's squad was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his 10-year tenure at the school.


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