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Comparing OSU’s best seasons

What season is the best comparison for this 2014 squad?



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I (along with many of you) have been a little down on this year’s OSU basketball team so I thought it might be fun to go back and see how it compared nationally to the four best seasons in the Sutton/Ford era.

One thing I didn’t realize before I started this exercise: the AP doesn’t release a post-tournament poll. That’s why you see both the 1995 team and 2000 team ending the year at No. 14 even though both made it to the Elite 8 and the 1995 team made it to the Final Four.

Other note: I had to sort of hack the vertical axis because I couldn’t figure out how to flip the graph where No. 1 was higher than No. 30 (or unranked), that’s why you see the negative numbers over there.

I didn’t remember the 2004 team being unranked for so long. It was unranked from Dec. 2 to Jan. 20! Then it finished ranked No. 4. That’s crazy.

By the way, here are the final rankings for those four teams:

1995: No. 14
2000: No. 14
2004: No. 4
2005: No. 6

The 2005 team (add JamesOn, remove Tony) is actually the best comp for this year’s squad. Started out high and maintained it pretty much all year.

Also strange that the two Final Four teams OSU has had were unranked for much of the year. I think that shows how difficult it is to play at an elite level for five straight months.

I think the thing we’re all mostly worried about is sustainability — both under Ford and without Cobbins.

Those Eddie teams seemed to have a pace to them — that is, they would get better as the Big 12 season progressed. That didn’t happen last year and that might have been an anomaly but I’m slightly concerned that when we look back at this season we’ll point to the Memphis game (the first one_ as this team’s apex).

Hopefully not but lots of big-boy road games loom…starting Saturday in Lawrence.

Data via College Poll Archive

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