The 11-1 Oklahoma Sooners mens basketball team have excited and turned some heads this season. Their non-conference slate is not quite over, but OU’s performance outside of Big 12 play has put them in a good place.
This week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll featured the Oklahoma State Cowboys at #7, the Baylor Bears at #11, the Iowa State Cyclones at #14, the Kansas Jayhawks at #16, and just on the outside looking in is Oklahoma.
Four votes separate the “26th-ranked” Sooners squad and the Missouri Tigers, who took the last spot in the Top 25 with 69 votes.
OU has only a 12-vote margin over the Illinois Fighting Illini, who are right behind them in the “receiving votes” category. And the Texas Longhorns are not far behind with 47 votes.
Oklahoma will have its shot to boost their ranking and their national reception these next few weeks. Oklahoma faces Louisiana Tech next Monday, then will travel to Austin before coming back home for games against the Jayhawks and Cyclones.
Winning those next four would undoubtedly put them in the Top 25 and skyrocket their tournament resumé, but it would be extremely difficult.
Oklahoma beat the Texas A&M Aggies over the weekend in Houston. Though, they will have to limit the turnovers and avoid another slow start if they want to succeed their first few weeks of conference play.
The Sooners have not been ranked since November 23, 2009, when they started that season as the preseason 17th-ranked team.
Now for just for note, the AP Top 25 has the Arizona Wildcats with the top spot, receiving 63 of the 65 first place votes. Right behind the Wildcats are the Syracuse Orangemen.
The Big Ten’s Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, and Michigan State Spartans round out the top five. To see the entire list click here.