The Oklahoma Sooners may be more known for their exploits on the football field, but they also have a very good basketball program as well. The Sooners have been to the NCAA Tournament 29 times in their proud history. Oklahoma has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen nine times, the Elite Eight eight times, the Final Four four times and the National Championship Game twice.
Oklahoma has also been to the NIT seven times, advancing to the semifinals twice and the championship game once. The Sooners have won their conference tournament seven times and their regular season conference championship 14 times.
Some of the greats to have played for Oklahoma include Wayman Tisdale, Blake Griffin, Stacey King, Alvan Adams, Ryan Minor, Hollis Price, and many more.
The Sooners play at the Lloyd Noble Center which opened in 1975 and seats nearly 12,000 fans for the Sooners home games. The food selection at the Noble Center is second to none, not only in college basketball, but in all of sports. The concession stands off the standard arena and stadium options such as hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, Pretzels, candy and sodas, but also deli sandwiches, personal pizzas, burritos, tacos and wraps. You can also find Chick-Fil-A and Pizza Hut stands along the concourse level as well.
You will enjoy your favorite concession items while you watch from a fantastic view of the court in a comfortable seat. While the arena is old, you’ll never know it by the looks of it. It is a great place to watch the game. Be sure to walk around the concourse level and take in all the history of OU sports. It is a proud tradition at Oklahoma, second to none with the football, men’s and women’s basketball and other sports.
The Sooners are part of the Big 12 Conference which is one of the nation’s best. Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia, Iowa State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor will all coming in to the Noble Center this season as well as Wisconsin, Oral Roberts, Creighton, Incarnate Word and Central Arkansas. With this home schedule you will want to come out to the Noble Center often this season.
The Big 12 Tournament Champion will receive an automatic NCAA Tournament berth, but the other teams in the conference will be trying to gain an at-large bid as well. Typically about half of the team get an invitation to the Big Dance every year, do you will be watching the best in college basketball at the Oklahoma games. Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State are OU’s big rivals. You will want to be sure to come out for those games.
Coach Lon Kruger has taken Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV and now Oklahoma to the NCAA Tournament. His five different schools to the Big Dance is a record. He coached the Gators to the Final Four in 1994 and is not looking to get OU to the Final Four as well. Can he get the Sooners there? Come out to the Noble Center and find out.
Bring the whole family to the Noble Center this season for Oklahoma basketball. Do not miss out on the exciting Big 12 action.
Courtesy of Soonersports.com