All-time Oklahoma March Madness starting lineup

The Sooners are likely heading back to the NCAA Tournament in 2024, and anyone on this year's team could instantly become an OU legend with a run through March and join these players. These are Oklahoma's best March Madness performers at each position.

Oklahoma Sooners forward Blake Griffin (23)
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Center: Stacey King

Stacey King only played 14 games as a freshman and didn’t play in Oklahoma’s two tournament games that season. Then in the 1987 tournament, after starting 14 of 28 games that season and averaging 7.0 points a game, King had a breakout performance against Pitt in the second round of the tournament with 19 points and eight rebounds. He only scored two points in each of the other two tournament games that season, but his outing against Pitt foreshadowed his impending dominance. 

King played nine more NCAA Tournament games over his next two seasons and averaged 24.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. During the 1988 run to the National Championship Game, King set an Oklahoma record with 37 points against Auburn. Buddy Hield equalled that record in 2016 against Oregon. 

After nearly winning it all in 1988, Oklahoma returned King and Blaylock, but without Harvey Grant as a secondary post-up option, the Sooners didn’t have enough offense to return to the Final Four. Still, those two orchestrated the most successful stretch of Oklahoma basketball.