It's a bit of a stretch to call this an Oklahoma sports report, since it doesn't involve any games played by teams based in Oklahoma, but there is a connection. First, however, the bad news.
Five days have passed since the Cougars played the Florida Gators in the NCAA Tournament. After 32 wins, a conference championship, and a trip to the sweet sixteen, the magic finally ended as the Cougars lost 83-74 in overtime. Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points but was an uncharacteristic 3 of 15 from three-point land. No other Cougar scored more than 9 points. My philosophical side says it was a great season and the team was extremely fun to watch, but my other side imagines how great it would be to have made it to the final four and maybe even win the whole thing. But only one team can win it all, and this year it will not be the Cougars. So life is good. And the awards keep rolling in. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association selected Jimmer as the winner of the 2010-11 Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National Player of the Year. He was also selected to The Associated Press All-America team and the 2011 Lute Olson All-America team. The list of personal honors for Jimmer goes on. And in recognition of the team's dedication to academics, DegreeeSearch.org conducted its own postseason tournament for college basketball called the Student-Athlete Championship and declared BYU men’s basketball the champions.