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Joe Lunardi Says Porter Moser Will Take Sooners to Final Four

NCAA Basketball: Loyola-Chicago at Wisconsin

Joe Lunardi is confident that new Oklahoma head coach Porter Moser will take the Sooners back to the Final Four one day.

Lunardi, who is ESPN’s resident bracketologist during basketball season, expressed that confidence during a recent roundtable article previewing the Big 12 season.

Oklahoma’s social media team was quick to jump on Lunardi’s comment.


“He might not make the biggest impact right away, but I’m going with Moser. If Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione is right — and there are a boatload of reasons to think he is — the Sooners are embarking on a special era. In pretty much every sport, all the Sooners do is win. Big. Four different coaches have taken Oklahoma to a Final Four. One day, Moser will become the fifth.”

Obviously, Sooners basketball fans are going to love that quote.

For the record, Lon Kruger, Kelvin Sampson, Billy Tubbs and Bruce Drake are the four coaches that have taken the Sooners to the Final Four. But Oklahoma has never won a national title.

Moser is replacing Kruger, who retired after last season. The Sooners are coming off a 16-11 season in which Kruger took them to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in nine seasons.

Part of the reason the Sooners hired Moser is because he’s coaching a Final Four, having led Loyola-Chicago to the 2017 Final Four. In a decade with the Ramblers, Moser won 293 games, took them to two NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 berth last year. He wrapped up his career at Loyola-Chicago with four straight 20-win seasons.

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