State of '08: Oklahoma
Duke or Carolina? BC or UMASS? Gonzaga or Washington.. or Washington State? What is the best program in each state? While there's not much competition in Hawaii.. there are great debates to be had in loaded regions like California, North Carolina, and Texas. The State of '08 is a ranking of every program in every state.. based mostly on recent success (the last five years) mixed in with subjective factors such as conference prestige, historical success, and overall program direction.
For more info, check out the State of '08 introduction.
OKLAHOMA - From 1995 to 2003, the Sooners made 9 straight NCAA Tournaments. The last handful of years have been a bit more unpredictable due to the departure of Kelvin Sampson, but this year's squad has very high expectations.
OKLAHOMA STATE - The Cowboys haven't been to the Big Dance since 2005, which ended an 8-year streak. The last three teams haven't even finished in the RPI Top 50 or at .500 in Big 12 play. The departure of Sean Sutton should help jump-start the program's future.
ORAL ROBERTS - Unlike brother Sean, Scott Sutton's coaching career is off to a phenomenal start. In 9 seasons, he's turned ORU into the Summit League's dominant power. They've made three NCAA Tournaments in row, were a basket away from reaching it in 2005, and are considered by some to be the league favorites once again in 2009.
TULSA - Doug Wojcik has done a great job getting Tulsa back on track after a brutal run from 04 to 06. For whatever its worth, the Golden Hurricane won the CBI last year, but have a shot to make the Big Dance this season. From 1994 to 2003, Tulsa won at least 19 games every season and made 8 potseason trips.
Last: Ohio - Next: Oregon
State of '08: The Introduction (& State list/links)