Oklahoma basketball: Sooner men No. 17 in major polls this week

Oklahoma basketball got a positive boost this week in both major national polls.

The Sooners have moved to No. 17 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll for Week 6 of the college basketball season.

Oklahoma improved its season record to 8-1 with an impressive upset win over previously No. 3-ranked Wichita State over the weekend. The game was played on a neutral floor, at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, but the venue is only approximately five miles from the Wichita State University campus.

The Sooners began the season unranked, but in their last two games have beaten No. 25 USC and No. 3 Wichita State to break into the top-25 national rankings. OU was ranked 24th last week in the Coaches Poll, but were not ranked in the AP poll.

Freshman sensation Trae Young, who leads the nation in scoring, scored 29 points in OU’s wins over both USC and Wichita State. He has scored at least 28 points, his season average, in each of his last seven outings.

The last time Oklahoma men’s basketball was ranked as high as 17 was in the 2015-16 season, when the Sooners spent much of the season in the top 10 and advanced to the Final Four before losing to eventual national champion Villanova in the national semifinals.

Villanova is No. 1 for the second straight week in both polls, followed by Michigan State. The rest of the top five, although in slightly different order in the two polls, are Duke, Arizona State and North Carolina.

The Sooners are joined in the top 25 this week by four other Big 12 schools: West Virginia, Kansas (which lost twice last week), TCU, and Texas Tech.