A Team for the Ages

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University of Oklahoma
 
 1987-88 OKLAHOMA SOONERS
 Starting Five
Mookie Blaylock
#10 Mookie Blaylock
6-0 | 177 | Jr. | Guard | Garland, Texas
Set NCAA records for steals in a game (13 vs. Centenary) and in a season (150)... led OU in minutes played (1,347)... Big Eight Newcomer of the Year.
Ricky Grace
#14 Ricky Grace
6-1 | 172 | Sr. | Guard | Dallas, Texas
Set OU single-season records for assists (280) and assists per game (7.4) in 1988... made a then-school-record 89 three pointers on the year.
Dave Sieger
#44 Dave Sieger
6-5 | 207 | Sr. | Forward | San Bernardino, Calif.
Still holds the NCAA Tournament record for three-point FGs made (seven vs. KU in national title game)... Academic All-Big Eight selection.
Harvey Grant
#25 Harvey Grant
6-8 | 200 | Sr. | Forward | Sparta, Ga.
Averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in 1988... set the OU single-season record for field goal attempts (640)... First Team All-Big Eight.
Stacey King
#33 Stacey King
6-10 | 229 | Jr. | Center | Lawton, Okla.
Leading scorer of the 1988 NCAA Tournament (25.8 ppg)... NCAA Southeast Regional MVP... Big Eight Tournament MVP and Second Team All-American.
 Off the Bench
 #22 Tyrone Jones | 6-5 | 215 | Jr. | F | Washington, D.C.
 Oklahoma's top scorer off the bench at 6.3 points per game.
 #32 Andre Wiley | 6-5 | 197 | Jr. | F | Flint, Mich.
 Juco transfer averaged 6.0 points and 3.4 boards per game.
 #24 Terrence Mullins | 6-2 | 198 | Fr. | G | San Francisco, Calif.
 Freshman led the Sooners in minutes off the bench.
 #50 Tony Martin | 6-7 | 230 | So. | F | Los Angeles, Calif.
 Big man averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench.
 #20 Art Pollard | 6-2 | 184 | Jr. | G | East Chicago, Ill.
 Averaged 2.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in his first year at OU.
 #21 Mike Bell | 6-5 | 201 | Jr. | F | Montgomery, Ala.
 "The Helicopter" had 23 blocks in just 102 minutes of action.
 #11 Jason Skurcenski | 6-2 | 172 | So. | G | Bartlesville, Okla.
 Walk-on known simply as "Ski" by the Oklahoma faithful.
 Coaching Staff
Billy Tubbs
Head Coach Billy Tubbs
OU's all-time winningest coach with a 333-132 (.716) career record... guided the Sooners to four Big Eight titles and three Big Eight Tournament crowns in 14 seasons... coached four All-Americans at Oklahoma.
 Assistant Coaches: Mike Mims, Jim Kerwin, Mike Anderson
NORMAN, Okla. -- They suffocated opposing teams with their full-court pressure defense and quickly translated turnovers into points with their speed and athleticism on offense.
 
Led by All-Americans Stacey King and Harvey Grant and Big Eight Newcomer of the Year Mookie Blaylock, the 1987-88 OU men's basketball team accumulated 486 steals and put up 102.9 points per game en route to a 35-4 overall record.
 
With a starting five that all averaged double figures in points, Oklahoma stormed through the regular season, capturing the Big Eight regular season and tournament crowns on its way to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
 
Legendary head coach Billy Tubbs guided the Sooners all the way to the Final Four where it took a miracle, "Danny and the Miracles" to be exact, to bring down OU. Danny Manning and the Kansas Jayhawks upset King & Co., 83-79, in the national championship game.
  
Despite missing out on a national title, Coach Tubbs' bunch set numerous school records that still stand today, including wins (35), points per game (102.9), rebounds (1,658), field goals (1,533), three-point field goals (299), assists (862) and steals (486).
 
OU posted 26 double-digit victories on the season, 12 of which came by at least 30 points, including five 50-point blowouts. Oklahoma eclipsed triple digits on 20 occasions, including three 150-point outbursts.
 
The numbers speak for themselves. The Sooners truly were one of the most dominant and most exciting spectacles in the land, and they etched their place in college basketball history.
 
Last summer, Rivals.com compiled a list of the top 10 teams since the NCAA Tournament field expanded to 64 in 1985. One of only two teams on the list that didn't win a national championship, Oklahoma came in at No. 10.
 
Twenty years after their dream season, the 1988 Final Four team will reunite this weekend at the Lloyd Noble Center and will be recognized during halftime of Saturday's game against Texas A&M.
 
They were arguably the greatest team in Oklahoma men's basketball history. Following is a look back at their accomplishments.
 
 
Goin' to Kansas City Music Video
 
 1987-88 Video Library
 
Video  Goin' to Kansas City Music Video
 Video  OU vs. Arizona Final Four Highlights

Going Back in Time

Even the most casual Oklahoma basketball fan who is old enough remembers the 1988 national championship game against Kansas.
 
Less mentioned among the most memorable games in school history is the contest that propelled the Sooners to that national title tilt -- Oklahoma's national semifinal matchup with fellow No. 1 seed Arizona. Full Story>>
   
 
 1987-88 Season Results
 
35-4 Overall, 12-2 Big Eight
 Nov. 28  Texas A&M (19/NR)  W, 104-80
 Dec. 01  at Penn State (18/NR)  W, 93-59
 Dec. 05  Loyola-Chicago (18/NR)  W, 123-73
 Dec. 07  Sam Houston St. (18/NR)  W, 111-69
 Dec. 10  at Florida State (16/NR)  W, 89-87
 Dec. 12  Centenary (16/NR)  W, 152-84
 Dec. 19  Georgia State (14/NR)  W, 124-81
 Dec. 23  vs. Virginia (12/NR)  W, 109-61
 Dec. 24  vs. Dayton (12/NR)  W, 151-99
 Dec. 25  vs. Georgia (12/NR)  W, 93-90
 Dec. 29  vs. Oral Roberts (10/NR)  W, 144-93
 Dec. 30  vs. Illinois State (10/NR)  W, 107-56
 Jan. 04  Austin Peay (10/NR)  W, 109-69
 Jan. 09  Oklahoma State (8/NR)  W, 108-80
 Jan. 11  vs. LSU (8/NR)  L, 77-84
 Jan. 16  at Kansas State (3/NR)  L, 62-69
 Jan. 20  at Colorado (11/NR)  W, 96-76
 Jan. 23  Pittsburgh (11/6)  W, 86-83
 Jan. 27  Iowa State (10/12)  W, 109-86
 Jan. 30  at Iowa State (10/12)  W, 96-91
 Feb. 03  at Kansas (7/NR)  W, 73-65
 Feb. 06  Missouri (7/NR)  W, 120-101
 Feb. 10  at Nebraska (4/NR)  W, 92-77
 Feb. 13  Kansas State (4/14)  W, 112-95
 Feb. 17  at Oklahoma State (4/NR)  W, 79-75
 Feb. 20  New Mexico  W, 120-100
 Feb. 24  Kansas (4/NR)  W, 95-87
 Feb. 27  Colorado (4/NR)  W, 134-84
 Mar. 03  at Missouri (4/NR)  L, 90-93 ot
 Mar. 05  Nebraska (4/NR)  W, 113-93
 Big Eight Tournament
 Mar. 11  vs. Colorado (4/NR)  W, 99-66
 Mar. 12  vs. Missouri (4/NR)  W, 102-99
 Mar. 13  vs. Kansas State (4/NR)  W, 88-83
 NCAA Tournament
 Mar. 17  vs. Chattanooga (4/NR)  W, 94-66
 Mar. 19  vs. Auburn (4/NR)  W, 107-87
 Mar. 24  vs. Louisville (4/NR)  W, 108-98
 Mar. 26  vs. Villanova (4/NR)  W, 78-59
 Apr. 2  vs. Arizona (4/2)  W, 86-78
 Apr. 4  vs. Kansas (4/NR)  L, 79-83

"I'm biased because that was my
team,

but it was one of the greatest teams in

college basketball history. I don't care

what anybody says, I'd put us up against

any team in any era."
-- Stacey King on the 1987-88 Sooners     

  By the Numbers

35 - Most wins in school history
 
26 - Double-digit victories
 
20 - Times OU scored at least 100 points
 
12 - Wins by 30 or more points
 
5 - Wins of 50 points or more
 
3 - Times the Sooners scored more than 150 points
 
  Individual Awards

Mookie Blaylock
Big Eight Newcomer of the Year
 
Harvey Grant
All-American
First Team All-Big Eight
All-Big Eight Conference Tournament Team
 
Stacey King
All-American
NCAA Southeast Regional MVP
Big Eight Conference Tournament MVP
 
Dave Sieger
Academic All-Big Eight
 
Billy Tubbs
Big Eight Coach of the Year
 
  Team Single-Season Records

Total Games: 39 Wins: 35
Total Points: 4,012 Scoring Average: 102.9
100-Point Games: 20 Total Rebounds: 1,658
Field Goals Made: 1,533 Field Goal Attempts: 3,094
3-Point FGs Made: 299 3-Point FG Attempts: 791
Assists: 862 Steals: 486
 
  Individual Single-Season Records

Games Played - 39, Blaylock, Grant, King and Sieger
 
Field Goal Attempts - 640, Harvey Grant, tied record
 
Assists - 280, Ricky Grace
 
Assists Per Game - 7.4, Ricky Grace
 
Steals - 150, Mookie Blaylock, NCAA Record
 
Steals Per Game - 3.8, Mookie Blaylock
 
Blocked Shots - 103, Stacey King
 
Blocked Shots Per Game - 2.6, Stacey King
 
  Postseason Single-Game Records

Points - 37, Stacey King vs. Auburn (Second Round)
 
Field Goals - 14, Harvey Grant vs. Louisville (Sweet 16)
                           Stacey King vs. Auburn (Second Round)
 
3-Point FGs - 7, Dave Sieger vs. Kansas (National Championship)
                          NCAA Tournament Record
 
3-Point FG Att. - 13, Dave Sieger vs. Kansas (Nat'l Championship)
 
Steals - 7, Mookie Blaylock vs. Kansas (National Championship)
 
1987-88 Oklahoma Men's Basketball Team

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