On the eve of the Sooners second straight Sweet 16 appearance when they square off with Texas A&M, they are remembering the feeling they had last year.
The terrible feeling of loss they had against Michigan State in Syracuse.
The memories are fresh, the lessons were learned, and the motivation to move past the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 is huge.
Sooners Head Coach Lon Kruger said, "I think that really motivated them especially for the workouts in Spring summer and fall I don't know if it effects this game tomorrow that much but heard them talk a lot about how disappointing that was how they have to work harder how they have to practice better when you lose in the tournament it stings and when you lose a little bit later in the tournament it hurts even more."
"Any play can send you home I remember several plays that I took off and I was so tired out there that sent me home that corner three by Denzel if I would've guarded that we'd probably be going to the elite eight or the final four you never know so just being locked in & focused on every possession." said Senior Guard Buddy Hield.
OU Junior Guard Jordan Woodard said, "As a team we kind of talked about we kind of took some plays off that hurt us down the stretch and we were the younger team and we played like a younger team in that game but we're mature and experienced this year."
Buddy Hield has become the focal point for every opposing defense and he will be for Texas A&M as well.