Looking Back: 10 Worst Moments...

This is the second part of a two part series involving OU's best and worst sports moments during the football and men's and women's basketball seasons.

Previously, Sooners Illustrated provided you with the best 10 moments. Here are the Bottom 10 moments during 2008-09.

10. Women's basketball team destroyed by UConn

Nov. 30, 2008--When the Sooners headed to Storrs, Conn. they had high hopes of competing with the nation's best team, and their hopes were drowned away after the Huskies defeated OU 106-78.

9. Sooners lose running back DeMarco Murray

Dec. 6, 2008--The first hit on Murray in the Big 12 championship against Missouri was a devastating one, and it wasn't out of an offensive set. When Murray returned the opening kickoff, no one envisioned another knee injury that would keep him out of yet another BCS game, this time the national championship.

8. Arkansas busts up perfect season at 12-0

Dec. 30, 2008--The men's basketball team was just more than a night away from escaping 2008 unscathed. But the Arkansas Razorbacks surged to a huge lead and survived a furious Sooner comeback to beat OU 96-88 in Fayetteville.

7. OSU beats the Sooners, breaks up three game sweep possibility

March 7, 2009--No, not baseball. The men's basketball team had a chance at a three-game sweep when it met the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. A few questionable calls at the end of the game, including a foul on forward Blake Griffin with 2.3 seconds left, resulted in Bedlam round three going in favor of the Cowboys.

6. Texas A&M breaks women's basketball team's 20 game winning streak

Feb. 23, 2009--The No. 2 Sooners rolled into College Station with a 12-0 conference record and were victorious in their previous 20 outings. But Texas A&M guard Takia Starks put an end to that when she hit a layup with only six seconds left to send OU back to Norman with its first loss in 2009.

5. Blake Griffin is injured, Texas ends OU's 13 game winning streak and 11 game Big 12 streak

Feb. 21, 2009--This was the start of a slumping streak for the Sooners, who lost their grip on the Big 12 conference race. Ultimately, Griffin's injury might be the single most important factor in why the Sooners didn't win the conference. They dropped a Big Monday game two days later to Kansas in Norman, part of a 2-4 stretch the Sooners limped with into the NCAA Tournament.

4. UNC eliminates OU from the Big Dance

March 29, 2009--The men's basketball team seemingly put the poor last three weeks of the regular season and Big 12 tournament to bay, winning their first three games in the NCAA Tournament, against Morgan State, Michigan and Syracuse, respectively. But it all came to an abrupt halt when the Sooners couldn't hit an outside shot against the Tar Heels in the South Regional Final in Memphis, Tenn.

3. OU drops Red River Rivalry to Texas

Oct. 11, 2008--This game, as always, had national implications of who would take the high road in the Big 12 South and likely a run toward the national championship. The Sooners blew an early 11-point lead, and Texas defeated the Sooners 45-35 in Dallas. But OU got its later break when Texas Tech beat Texas, giving the Sooners a second chance.

2. OU loses national championship

Jan. 1, 2009--Without Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, some BCS love and other factors, the opportunity to play Florida never would have been possible. Nevertheless, OU got its shot to prove itself and failed, as Florida's stifling defense smothered OU to only 14 points in a 24-14 Gator victory.

1. OU loses to Louisville

April 5, 2009--OU had to feel like it was so close to a rematch with the UConn Huskies, but the Sooners went cold in the second half and let a 12-point halftime lead dwindle away, as the Louisville Cardinals advanced for an eventual blowout loss against UConn, leaving the Sooners with the question "What if?" What if the Sooners had taken care of business. Did they have the tools to spark the upset that Louisville lacked?


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