Finishing third in a conference that played host to arguably the top two teams in the country, the Oklahoma Sooners are in a good position when looking at the 2020-21 season. Led in scoring by the likes of Kristian Doolittle, Austin Reaves, and Brady Manek on the hardwood, the program looses only Doolittle. Returning 79% of the scoring output from a year in which the post season was cancelled, heads are turning. The staggering number garnered attention from FS1’s Andy Katz who released a way-too-early Power 36 for the upcoming year.
WAY-Too-Early Power 36 for 2020-21 from @TheAndyKatz, as heard on the #MM365 pod! 👀— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 8, 2020
11-36. 👉 https://t.co/4z0MepaYeF
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Featured inside the Power 36, the Sooners led by Lon Kruger check in at No. 26. With five other programs (No. 2 Baylor, No. 7 Kansas, No. 17 Texas Tech, No. 18 West Virginia, and No. 22 Texas) from the Big 12 on the list, the league is well represented. In fact, it appears as though the conference will reclaim the title of “best basketball conference” in the country.
Relying on the experience of the upperclassmen, Oklahoma also possesses plenty of raw athleticism looking to build upon freshmen campaigns. Needless to say, this is one program in a strong conference to keep and eye on moving forward.