2016-17 Schedules: Oklahoma Sooners

With the likes of Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins gone, the Oklahoma Sooners are now Jordan Woodard's team, and he will look to lead the team back to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
With the likes of Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins gone, the Oklahoma Sooners are now Jordan Woodard’s team, and he will look to lead the team back to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.

A run to the Final Four in 2015-16 capped off what was a strong season for the Oklahoma Sooners. However, a blowout loss to the VIllanova Wildcats in the Final Four wasn’t how fans had hoped the season would end.

With the loss, the likes of Buddy HieldIsaiah Cousins, and Ryan Spangler had officially played their last game for the Sooners, and a new era was on the horizon. Fortunately, guard Jordan Woodard is back to lead the new crop of talent for Oklahoma, but the Sooners will need others to step up in a big way.

Several players will be taking on new roles this season, Woodard included. He is now ‘the guy’ for Coach Kruger, and will have to adjust accordingly. With the Big 12 being a tough conference year after year, scheduling a strong non-conference slate was a must for Oklahoma. That way, players could get accustomed to their new roles before conference play opens up.

Oklahoma has a tough, but manageable, non-conference slate that features a tough five-game stretch in December, and a trip to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November. The Sooners should be battle-tested by the time conference play opens up, and players should be settled nicely into their new roles.

Oklahoma Sooners

2015-16 Record: 29-8 (12-6 in Big 12; 3rd)
Key Returnees: Jordan Woodard, Khadeem Lattin
Key Departures: Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler, Isaiah Cousins

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/8/2016: v. Washburn (Exhibition)
*Norman, OK

11/13/2016: v. Northwestern State Demons
*Norman, OK

11/17/2016: TBD (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
*San Juan, Puerto Rico

11/18/2016: TBD (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
*San Juan, Puerto Rico

11/20/2016: TBD (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
*San Juan, Puerto Rico

11/25/2016: v. Abilene Christian Wildcats
*Norman, OK

11/29/2016: v. Northern Colorado Bears
*Norman, OK

12/3/2016: @ Wisconsin Badgers
*Madison, WI

12/7/2016: v. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
*Norman, OK

12/10/2016: v. Wichita State Shockers
*Oklahoma City, OK

12/17/2016: v. Memphis Tigers
*Norman, OK

12/21/2016: v. Auburn Tigers (Hall of Fame’s Birthday of Basketball)
*Uncasville, CT

1/28/2017: v. Florida Gators (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
*Norman, OK

Conference Schedule: TBD